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Has the European Union Made Europe More or Less Democratic? Network Deliberations and Advocacy Groups in the Biotechnology Sector

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Based on a survey of active participants in policy-making, this paper presents a comparison of democratic legitimacy between the European Union and four nation-states: France, the United Kingdom, Canada and the United States. Specifically, the papers pays particular attention to the nature of the relationship between policy-makers and representatives of advocacy groups as a source of legitimacy. Three arguments are developed. First, confidence in the capacity of conventional institutions to legitimize policy choices is not any lower in the EU than it is in nation-states. Second, policy-making through networks does not appear to be any more or less common in the EU than in nation-states. Third, the EU displays more openness to advocacy groups than North American countries. However, member-states, France in particular, is even more opened to policy deliberations involving these groups than the EU. In short, the EU has not deteriorated democracy in Europe, but it has not improved it a great deal either.

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Montpetit, Eric. "Has the European Union Made Europe More or Less Democratic? Network Deliberations and Advocacy Groups in the Biotechnology Sector" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Seventeenth International Conference of the Council for European Studies, Grand Plaza, Montreal, Canada, <Not Available>. 2014-11-27 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p400292_index.html>

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Montpetit, E. "Has the European Union Made Europe More or Less Democratic? Network Deliberations and Advocacy Groups in the Biotechnology Sector" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Seventeenth International Conference of the Council for European Studies, Grand Plaza, Montreal, Canada Online <APPLICATION/PDF>. 2014-11-27 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p400292_index.html

Publication Type: Conference Paper/Unpublished Manuscript
Abstract: Based on a survey of active participants in policy-making, this paper presents a comparison of democratic legitimacy between the European Union and four nation-states: France, the United Kingdom, Canada and the United States. Specifically, the papers pays particular attention to the nature of the relationship between policy-makers and representatives of advocacy groups as a source of legitimacy. Three arguments are developed. First, confidence in the capacity of conventional institutions to legitimize policy choices is not any lower in the EU than it is in nation-states. Second, policy-making through networks does not appear to be any more or less common in the EU than in nation-states. Third, the EU displays more openness to advocacy groups than North American countries. However, member-states, France in particular, is even more opened to policy deliberations involving these groups than the EU. In short, the EU has not deteriorated democracy in Europe, but it has not improved it a great deal either.


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