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Gramsci in Brussels : alternative perspectives on the democratic deficit of the European Union

Sommer, M. (2010) Gramsci in Brussels : alternative perspectives on the democratic deficit of the European Union.

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Abstract:[ 1 ] 1 INTRODUCTION The challenge of modernity is to live without illusions and without becoming disillusioned – Antonio Gramsci As the European Union has extended its range of activities from pure market integration towards manifold areas such as social affairs and economic regulation, discussions about the democratic quality of European governance become ever more prevalent (Hix 2008:32, 67). In recent years a countless number of scholars from distinctive theoretical backgrounds devoted themselves to the so called “democratic deficit” (Dahl 1994; Majone 1998; Beetham & Lord 2001; Hix 2008). The thesis at hand offers an alternative perspective on a scope of substantive criticism towards the European Union that perceives the integration process as an “elite project” (Haller 2009a) or – to put it more drastically - as a form of “bureaucratic despotism” (Siedentop 2001)1.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:88 social and public administration
Programme:Public Administration BSc (56627)
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