The democratic deficit of the European Union : an institutionalist approach

Kodakcı, Devrim
This thesis analyses the democratic deficit problem of the European Union in a historical context. As the Union develops from a purely economic community into political and social entity, its democratic credentials are put into question. In this thesis, it is argued that technocratic and elitist institutional structure of the Union causes this democratic deficit. Therefore, in order to rectify it and make the Union more legitimate in the eyes of its citizens, the institutions of the Union should be re-structured.


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Citation Formats
D. Kodakcı, “The democratic deficit of the European Union : an institutionalist approach,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2004.