Combining international political theory and EU studies, Richard
Bellamy provides an original account of the democratic legitimacy
of international organisations. He proposes a new interpretation of
the EU's democratic failings and how they might be addressed.
Drawing on the republican theory of freedom as non-domination,
Bellamy proposes a way to combine national popular sovereignty with
the pursuit of fair and equitable relations of non-domination among
states and their citizens. Applying this approach to the EU,
Bellamy shows that its democratic failings lie not with the
democratic deficit at the EU level but with a democratic disconnect
at the member state level. Rather than shifting democratic
authority to the European Parliament, this book argues that the EU
needs to reconnect with the different 'demoi' of the member states
by empowering national parliaments in the EU policy-making process.
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