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Democratization of technocracy or better technocratization of democracy? - and which One accounts for the European Union?

Peter, M. (2013) Democratization of technocracy or better technocratization of democracy? - and which One accounts for the European Union?

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Abstract:Democratization of technocracy or better technocratization of democracy? Concerning stated question already the title can be quite confusing. Where does one end and the other begin in the complexity of today's political decision making. This thesis aims for a descriptive and reflective approach, relating the latest ideological developments in European Union politics and society to technocratic theories on the EU democratic deficit and reflecting upon the European values. It further investigates which concept is the dominant concept within the Union. Is technocracy a tool of the democrats to keep up with the complexity of markets and financial systems or is democracy the tool of the experts to establish and strengthen named markets and systems? Throughout the past years the discussion on the European democratic deficit has expanded and gained variety. Adding on to the classical institutional approach more and more authors have drawn their interest towards the conflicting concepts of democracy and technocracy, claiming a immense increase of the later, especially since the 80's. Published theories indicate a trend towards technocratic regulation regarding minor issues and day to day management of European legislation but observing recent European Euro-crisis management it is almost inevitable to ask oneself, did this trend extend to the higher politics of the Union as well? This thesis hence aims to describe the following: Observing three European and domestic key decisions of the Euro-zone crisis management since 2011, to what extent does the European Union stimulate technocracy or to what extent does the European Union stimulate democracy?
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:88 social and public administration
Programme:European Studies BSc (56627)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/63290
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