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Representation Deficits and Surpluses in EU Policy-making

Bellamy, R; Kröger, S; (2013) Representation Deficits and Surpluses in EU Policy-making. Journal of European Integration , 35 (5) 477 - 497. 10.1080/07036337.2013.799937. Green open access

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Abstract

Representation and democracy are not always complementary. Sometimes the one undermines the other. Too much democracy can create a representation deficit, as occurs when majorities oppress or neglect minorities. However, the opposite can also arise. The over representation of different groups can undermine the processes whereby representatives are authorised by and accountable to those they are supposed to serve. The EU offers multiple channels of representation. In some respects, this multiplicity reflects the diversity of the peoples, individuals and interests represented within the EU. Yet in overcoming a potential representation deficit in EU policy-making, this arrangement leads to a representation surplus and creates a democratic deficit.

Type: Article
Title: Representation Deficits and Surpluses in EU Policy-making
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1080/07036337.2013.799937
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/07036337.2013.799937
Language: English
Additional information: © 2013 The Author(s). Published by Taylor & Francis This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. The moral rights of the named author(s) have been asserted.
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UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Dept of Political Science
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1398503
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