Europe’s ‘Democratic Deficit’: The Question of Standards

  title={Europe’s ‘Democratic Deficit’: The Question of Standards},
  author={Giandomenico. Majone},
  journal={European Law Journal},
  • G. Majone
  • Published 1998
  • Economics
  • European Law Journal
Arguments about Europe’s democratic deficit are really arguments about the nature and ultimate goals of the integration process. Those who assume that economic integration must lead to political integration tend to apply to European institutions standards of legitimacy derived from the theory and practice of parliamentary democracies. We argue that such standards are largely irrelevant at present. As long as the majority of voters and their elected representatives oppose the idea of a European… Expand
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