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Democratic Politics in a European Union Under Stress

ISBN : 9780198724483

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Author: 
Olaf Cramme; Sara Binzer Hobolt
Pages
272 Pages
Format
Hardcover
Size
166 x 244 mm
Pub date
Dec 2014
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This book offers a comprehensive political analysis of the Euro crisis that erupted in Greece in 2010 and subsequently threatened the very survival of the Euro area. It has left a profound mark on democratic politics all over Europe, changing public attitudes and voting preferences, institutional and societal norms, and deeply anchored political traditions. The contributors to this volume reveal the extent to which policymakers are torn between the pressures emanating from financial markets and the demands put forward by their own constituents; how they struggle to reconcile national preferences with wider European interests; and how a polarized and politicized Union seeks to maintain some degree of cohesion. The emerging picture is that of a European Union under serious stress, transformed by new governance structures and a shifting balance of power. In response, the authors evaluate the prospects of a more legitimate and democratic Europe. They provide a rich and pluralist set of new analyses and proposals, aimed at understanding and navigating the myriad tensions which surround the EU in the aftermath of the crisis. If the European project is to regain the trust of its citizens, such considerations must take a central place in public debate.

Index: 

1. A European Union under Stress
THE POLITICAL CONSEQUENCES OF THE CRISIS
2. Political Legitimacy in a Non-Optimal Currency Area
3. Public Attitudes towards the Euro Crisis
4. The Europeanization of the National Political Debate
5. Politicizing Europe: The Challenge of Executive Discretion
6. The Role of National Legislatures in EU Politics
7. Differentiated Integration Before and After the Crisis
PROSPECTS FOR A MORE LEGITIMATE AND DEMOCRATIC EUROPE
8. The Insurance Potential of a Non-Optimal Currency Area
9. EU Law-Making and the State of European Democratic Agency
10. Democratizing a Macroeconomic Union in Europe
11. Democratic Standards in an Asymmetric Union
12. Rethinking Electoral Democracy in Europe
13. The Need for Legitimate Opposition and Protectionism

About the author: 

Olaf Cramme is former Director of Policy Network and a Visiting Fellow at the European Institute of the London School of Economics.; Sara B. Hobolt is the Sutherland Chair in European Institutions and Professor at the European Institute of the London School of Economics and Political Science. London School of Economics and Political Science.

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