A Democratic Audit of the European Union by Christopher Lord (auth.)

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On the one hand, a consociational approach assumes that a democratic Union would be one in which EU institutions can be controlled by representatives of the national democracies of the Union often operating with formally equal decision and veto rights. On the other hand, implicit in another approach to consensus democracy that I term ‘concurrent consent’ is the additional requirement that representatives of national democracies should not only reach a high level of consensus between themselves but also with those elected for the express purpose of representing the public in Union institutions.

The President of the Commission should be selected by Heads of Govt 7. EP should elect President of the Commission h ld l B. Acceptance of joint decision-making 3. Number of issue areas (max 27) where majority accept joint decision-making A. Feelings of identity 1. Index of Feeling of Europeanness (0–1)1 2.

Although this emphasis on deliberation is often treated as a preoccupation of contemporary political thought, it is in fact of ancient lineage. S. Mill argued representative bodies should provide a ‘Congress of Opinions’ where ‘all points of view could present themselves to challenge discussion by adverse controversy’. Those who are overruled should ‘feel satisfied that [their opinion has been] heard, and set aside not by a mere act of will, but for what are thought to be superior reasons’ (Mill, 1972 [1861], pp.

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