Problem Solving Effectiveness and Democratic Accountability in the EU

Scharpf, Fritz W. (February 2006) Problem Solving Effectiveness and Democratic Accountability in the EU. IHS Political Science Series 107

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Abstract: The paper begins by examining the functions of input-oriented and output-oriented legitimating arguments in liberal democracies. At the European level, input-oriented arguments remain weak, but legitimacy problems are generally avoided since the policies which can in fact be adopted under prevailing institutional conditions are still based on broad intergovernmental consensus. For a variety of new policy challenges, however, consensus on the choice of European solutions is unlikely tobe reached, even though member states are unable to cope with such challenges on their own. The resulting problem-solving gaps, which may undermine political legitimacy nationally and in the EU, could not be legitimately overcome by moving from consensual to majoritarian governing modes at the European level. What could help are modes of differentiated integration which allow groups of member states to adopt consensual European solutions applying only to members of the group.;

Item Type: IHS Series
Keywords: 'EU' 'Demokratie' 'Legitimität' 'Differenzierte Integration' 'Democracy' 'Legitimacy' 'Differentiated Integration'
Status: Published
Date Deposited: 26 Sep 2014 10:38
Last Modified: 20 Jul 2017 17:14
URI: http://irihs.ihs.ac.at/id/eprint/1692

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