Political representation in the EU is challenging and difficult to understand. The Euro-crisis has once again put in sharp relief the problem of democratic governance in the EU and the appropriate institutional order. Much of the debate has centred on whether decisions should be taken at the national or the European level, and by democratic representatives or experts. The fate of Greece or Italy presents a scenario of member states being governed by technocrats rather than by party government. Governments may no longer be enforcing partisan electoral promises, but implementing budgetary, economic and other policies decided at EU-level, either in the European Council or, worse, in the Euro-Group, rendering national elections almost irrelevant. Whether a member state has a right-wing or a left-wing government may no longer make much difference for the choice of core policies. What has been said to characterize the EU – policies without politics – may be becoming the dominant governance form in member states, too. The Euro-crisis has certainly increased the opportunity structure for such a development – promoting the further hollowing out of democracy within the member states without establishing democratic government at the EU-level.
All these issues – and many more – raise important questions about political – and indeed, democratic – representation in the EU. This webpage offers a platform for academics and practitioners interested in the issue of political representation in the EU. It aims to spread information about related publications, projects and events and to promote public debate, most notably in the form of a blog and through a working and policy paper series. It also seeks to facilitate the search for potential research partners by identifying all the participants of this website on its interactive map of Europe.
This website lives off the active and continued input of its registered participants. Becoming a registered participant is free. It does not commit participants to anything other than the sending of relevant information to the webpage administrator when first registering, and contributing to the webpage in some way at least once per year thereafter. The benefits of being a participant are straightforward. First, participants can advertise their work, projects and upcoming events to interested colleagues for free. Second, participants can participate in blogging activities and can publish working or policy papers through the website. Third, participants stand a good chance of being identified as a potential project partner, specifically for EU-funded projects dealing with issues of political representation.
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