The European Union is frequently accused of having a 'democratic deficit'. Many commentators argue that this could be remedied by increasing the powers of the European Parliament relative to those of the Council and the Commission. The fact that the European Parliament is the only EU institution whose members are directly elected leads to the assumption that it is also the most legitimate. The author argues that this position is based on the flawed assumption that the nature of theEuropean citizenry is similar to those of the member states. In other words, the position assumes that the union h
Introduction Debating democracy in the EU The demos Models of democracy for the EU The framework for empirical testing The demos : empirical analysis Conclusions.
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