Assessing Participation and Democracy in the EU: The Case of the European Citizens’ Initiative

  title={Assessing Participation and Democracy in the EU: The Case of the European Citizens’ Initiative},
  author={Elizabeth Monaghan},
  journal={Perspectives on European Politics and Society},
  pages={285 - 298}
  • Elizabeth Monaghan
  • Published 1 September 2012
  • Political Science
  • Perspectives on European Politics and Society
Abstract the European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI) is the latest in a line of institutional innovations that have sought to enhance the participatory nature of EU politics. The extent to which this results in a more democratic EU, however, is questionable because simply having opportunities for participation does not equate to participatory democracy. Participation in the EU has tended to favour the involvement of various ‘civil society’ organisations rather than individual citizens. Moreover it… 

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