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15:00 - 19:00 14 June 2013

The Eurozone Crisis & the Democratic Deficit


The Council Room | UCL SPP, The Rubin Building (link Map)
29/30 Tavistock Place | London | WC1H 9QU | United Kingdom

Open to: Academic | Alumni | Public | Student
Ticketing: Pre-booking essential

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Jackie Minor (TBC)
Richard Bellamy
Dario Castiglione
Francis Cheneval
Andrew Duff (MEP)
Andrew Walton
Kalypso Nicolaïdis
Ulrike Guérot
Philippe van Parijs
Fritz Scharpf
Stewart Wood

As EU institutions have gradually expanded their competences and moved from non-salient policy issues into areas directly affecting national sovereignty, so have concerns over its alleged ‘democratic deficit’ deepened. The Eurozone crisis has however taken these concerns to a new level, given that policy responses to it have consistently privileged executive decisions over parliamentary scrutiny, technocratic solutions over democratic accountability. Such trends arguably contribute to the rising public disillusionment, if not open discontent, with established political systems at all levels. While historically, economic downturns have always swayed public confidence, the political consequences of the Eurozone crisis are eroding public trust in a perhaps unprecedented manner.

This public symposium addresses the implications the Eurozone crisis is likely to have for the democratic standards of the EU and its Member States whilst a closed UCL-Yale PhD workshop is organised alongside.


Uta Staiger
+44 (0) 20 7679 8737 | european.institute@ucl.ac.uk


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