One of the main problems the Union has to cope with is the difficulty in properly articulating the relationship between authority and democratic legitimacy, in particular the disconnection between the allocation of powers to the EU and to its Member States and the forms of democratic control over their exercise in the Union. Indeed, it seems that the more EU authority expands, the more the democratic legitimacy of the Union is in trouble. In the EU the source of authority is dislocated out of the traditional forms of democratic accountability, which have been shaped domestically by centuries of constitutional history. In addition to this, the “punctiform” nature of many EU decision-making processes, starting at one level of government – regional, national or supranational – and ending up being concluded at a different level, favours this feeling of disorientation amongst European citizens. The attitude of several national governments, which tend to blame the EU for their own failures, exacerbates this problem and leads to the perception of EU institutions as not only distant, but also detached from the needs of ordinary citizens.

Re-connecting Authority and Democratic Legitimacy in the EU: Introductory remarks / Fasone, Cristina; Gallo, Daniele; Wouters, Jan. - In: EUROPEAN PAPERS. - ISSN 2499-8249. - 5:1(2020), pp. 175-189.

Re-connecting Authority and Democratic Legitimacy in the EU: Introductory remarks

Fasone, Cristina;Gallo, Daniele;
2020

Abstract

One of the main problems the Union has to cope with is the difficulty in properly articulating the relationship between authority and democratic legitimacy, in particular the disconnection between the allocation of powers to the EU and to its Member States and the forms of democratic control over their exercise in the Union. Indeed, it seems that the more EU authority expands, the more the democratic legitimacy of the Union is in trouble. In the EU the source of authority is dislocated out of the traditional forms of democratic accountability, which have been shaped domestically by centuries of constitutional history. In addition to this, the “punctiform” nature of many EU decision-making processes, starting at one level of government – regional, national or supranational – and ending up being concluded at a different level, favours this feeling of disorientation amongst European citizens. The attitude of several national governments, which tend to blame the EU for their own failures, exacerbates this problem and leads to the perception of EU institutions as not only distant, but also detached from the needs of ordinary citizens.
authority, legitimacy, disconnection, EU competences, democratic control, rule of law
Re-connecting Authority and Democratic Legitimacy in the EU: Introductory remarks / Fasone, Cristina; Gallo, Daniele; Wouters, Jan. - In: EUROPEAN PAPERS. - ISSN 2499-8249. - 5:1(2020), pp. 175-189.
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