‘We the People’ versus ‘We the Heads of States’: the debate on the democratic deficit of the European Union

@article{Bang2015WeTP,
  title={‘We the People’ versus ‘We the Heads of States’: the debate on the democratic deficit of the European Union},
  author={Henrik Paul Bang and Mads Dagnis Jensen and Peter Nedergaard},
  journal={Policy Studies},
  year={2015},
  volume={36},
  pages={196 - 216}
}
The Eurozone crisis has rekindled the debate on the democratic deficit of the European Union (EU). In this paper, the debate is reconsidered by contrasting the modus vivendi of ‘We the People’ in the USA with the modus vivendi of ‘We the Heads of States’ in the EU. It is demonstrated that many of the solutions to the alleged democratic deficit focus on how more voice can be given to ‘We the People’ on the input side, but that this goes against the functional logic of the EU system, thereby… 
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