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Democracy vs. Capitalism: a conflict in the European Council?

Peter, V. (2013) Democracy vs. Capitalism: a conflict in the European Council?

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Abstract:In the focus of my research will be the European Council’s attitude regarding the conflicting relationship between capitalism and democracy of today. Using secondary data and theory on the topic I will outline the relationship between the current form of democracy and capitalism and explain where the main points of conflict and tension between the two ideologies are. The main research question of my Bachelor Thesis will be: To what extent are today’s tensions between democracy and capitalism manifested within the European Council’s commitments towards the EU Project, reflected in European Council Conclusion since 2008? The theory on the relationship between capitalism and democracy will provide the crucial background knowledge for my actual analysis. By analyzing European Council Conclusions since the beginning of the crisis in 2008 I will relate the theory to the actual ideological commitment of the European Council as the leading and political direction-giving institution of the European Union. The purpose of this analysis is however not to receive a straightforward yes or no, this or that answer. Rather I expect to conduct a more nuanced analysis in terms of to what extent the European Council manifests its democratic and/or capitalist commitments, understands or sees democracy and capitalism, to what extent tensions between democracy and capitalism are manifested, how the European Council resolves such tensions and which tradeoffs does it make.
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/63426
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