Pluralism , influence , and democracy in the european union [electronic resource]: the case of consumer policy.

COULTRAP, JOHN EDWARD, III
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$a The European Union (EU) is widely criticized for being plagued with a "democratic deficit." Hitherto, this critique has generally been based on the fact that the supranational Euro-elections, transnational party federations and European Parliament fail to conform to their respective counterparts of the national, parliamentary model of democracy.  The parliamentary model, however, is fundamentally irrelevant to the Union because its ideals cannot be attained without replacing the EU's current legal framework with a federal parliamentary constitution.  The democratic deficit critique, as currently articulated, is therefore devoid of practical insight into the ever more important question of supranational European democracy.
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$a In contrast to the parliamentary analysis of European democracy, this study offers an examination based on the American pluralist model.  Pluralism is a design that advocates an active political role for representative societal groups and the dispersion of governmental authority.  With pluralism as the framework, the EU governmental process is examined to determine whether the Union actually lives up to democratic ideals.  The case for this empirical research agenda is European consumer policy, and the method comprises thirty-three interviews conducted with societal and governmental participants in European consumer affairs.  The specific research questions concern the representativeness of consumer groups, the inclusiveness of the consumer policy-making process, and the protection of individual consumer interests.
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$a The European consumer policy sector is here found to be just as democratic as the same process in the typical Northern EU member state in several respects, though in others it is clearly wanting.  The EU is therefore democratically deficient under the pluralist model.  It is so deficient, however, in a way quite different from that claimed by parliamentary critics.  Whereas the parliamentary analysis must conclude that the EU of today cannot possibly be democratic, pluralism articulates this polity's democratic justification in theory, and suggests ways to improve supranational democracy within its present constitutional design.  Indeed, the practice of European pluralist democracy is considered to be a major contribution to democratic theory because it provides an example of how democracy works in a large and complex society.
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The European Union (EU) is widely criticized for being plagued with a "democratic deficit." Hitherto, this critique has generally been based on the fact that the supranational Euro-elections, transnational party federations and European Parliament fail to conform to their respective counterparts of the national, parliamentary model of democracy. The parliamentary model, however, is fundamentally irrelevant to the Union because its ideals cannot be attained without replacing the EU's current legal framework with a federal parliamentary constitution. The democratic deficit critique, as currently articulated, is therefore devoid of practical insight into the ever more important question of supranational European democracy.
In contrast to the parliamentary analysis of European democracy, this study offers an examination based on the American pluralist model. Pluralism is a design that advocates an active political role for representative societal groups and the dispersion of governmental authority. With pluralism as the framework, the EU governmental process is examined to determine whether the Union actually lives up to democratic ideals. The case for this empirical research agenda is European consumer policy, and the method comprises thirty-three interviews conducted with societal and governmental participants in European consumer affairs. The specific research questions concern the representativeness of consumer groups, the inclusiveness of the consumer policy-making process, and the protection of individual consumer interests.
The European consumer policy sector is here found to be just as democratic as the same process in the typical Northern EU member state in several respects, though in others it is clearly wanting. The EU is therefore democratically deficient under the pluralist model. It is so deficient, however, in a way quite different from that claimed by parliamentary critics. Whereas the parliamentary analysis must conclude that the EU of today cannot possibly be democratic, pluralism articulates this polity's democratic justification in theory, and suggests ways to improve supranational democracy within its present constitutional design. Indeed, the practice of European pluralist democracy is considered to be a major contribution to democratic theory because it provides an example of how democracy works in a large and complex society.
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Source: Dissertation Abstracts International, Volume: 58-04, Section: A, page: 1431.
Adviser: RICHARD S. KATZ.
Thesis (PH.D.)--THE JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY, 1997.
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