Democratic deficit in the European Union

Birben, Ayşegül
This thesis analyzes the democratic deficit problem inherent in the European Union since the initial stages. In the study, the two dimensions of the problem is studied and within this context, the decision making procedures in the European Union, the functioning of the European Union institutions, the European Parliament elections are discussed in detail. Moreover, issues related to Europeanness and European identity are referred to and the improvements achieved by European Union concerning institutional structure and popular unity to overcome the democratic deficit are analyzed.


The budget of the European Union
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This thesis assesses the underlying political and financial reasons of the recent budgetary crisis of the European Union. It aims to discuss the possible reform alternatives for the European Union budget in order to improve it to better serve for the objectives of the enlarged Union and to enable the Member States to share the budget burden more fairly. To this purpose, the thesis first analyzes the budget of the European Union in terms of its aims, evolution and structure of revenue and expenditure items a...
A critical reading of the discourses of europeanization and multi-level
Öner, Nilgün; Yalman, Osman Galip; Department of European Studies (2004)
This thesis analyzes the transformation of the European Nation State and the effects of the discourses on Europeanization and Governance on the European Union Integration process. European policies had penetrated into the political systems of its member states as a result of European Integration process. As a result, discourses on Europeanization changed domestic political structures and modes of governance. This process of Europeanization requires a new system of governance and the recent debates are shape...
Anti-corruption policy in the European Union and impact of the EU accession process on Turkey's anti-corruption strategy
Kösekaya, Gamze; Aşçıoğlu Öz, Gamze; Department of European Studies (2005)
This thesis analyzes the anti-corruption policy in the European Union. Within this framework corruption as a global phenomenon and actions taken by other international organisations is studied as well. Furthermore, this thesis seeks to answer whether the accession process to the European Union has influenced the anti-corruption strategy in Turkey or not. Finally, it identifies shortcomings in the current reform process in Turkey and tries to develop recommendations accordingly.
The Social character of the European Union : flexible work arrangements
Fidanay, Nilüfer İlhan; Gitmez, Ali; Department of European Studies (2004)
In this study, the way how the new challenges faced in the post-Fordist period affected labour work arrangements and European social policy making is analyzed. In this regard, the formation of flexible work arrangements and forms of flexibility are examined. The attempts of the European Union to produce effective strategies to connect economic developments to social progress are discussed.
Dynamics and evolution of European Union's Middle East policy
Dersan, Duygu; Kibaroğlu, Ayşegül; Department of Middle East Studies (2006)
This thesis aims to analyze the development of the collective policies of the European Union towards the Middle East by focusing on the reasons behind the formulation of these policies, and the degree of success, failure and prospects of these policies. The general success of the European Community in the 1970s created a desire for European states to form a coordinated European foreign policy. Since the 1970s, the Community started to show willingness to shape international events and to strengthen its inte...
Citation Formats
A. Birben, “Democratic deficit in the European Union,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2005.