Access

You are not currently logged in.

Access your personal account or get JSTOR access through your library or other institution:

login

Log in to your personal account or through your institution.

If You Use a Screen Reader

This content is available through Read Online (Free) program, which relies on page scans. Since scans are not currently available to screen readers, please contact JSTOR User Support for access. We'll provide a PDF copy for your screen reader.

Democratic Deficit, European Constitution, and a Vision of the Federal Europe: The EU's Path after the Lisbon Treaty

Nam-Kook Kim and Sa-Rang Jung
Journal of International and Area Studies
Vol. 17, No. 2 (December 2010), pp. 53-70
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/43107208
Page Count: 18
  • Read Online (Free)
  • Subscribe ($19.50)
  • Cite this Item
Since scans are not currently available to screen readers, please contact JSTOR User Support for access. We'll provide a PDF copy for your screen reader.
Democratic Deficit, European Constitution, and a Vision of the Federal Europe: The EU's Path after the Lisbon Treaty
Preview not available

Abstract

With the implementation of the Lisbon Treaty in December 2009, it has become more feasible to envisage a federal Europe through the establishment of an 'ever closer union' as a political entity. Although the recent EU appears more like confederal or intergovernmental than federal, the Lisbon Treaty makes it possible to postulate that the future integration process of the EU would be its advance toward a federal state. On the verge of ramification toward either a federal Europe or a durable confederation, the EU faces a critical agenda of democratic deficit, i. e., a lack of vertical accountability between European political elites and voluntarily participating European citizens. The current status of the EU is obviously unique in its structure of multi level governance. Sometimes this structure is evaluated positively, but the study of former confederations also indicates that a confederate system is not durable, and rather unstable and impermanent. If the EU wants to move in a federal direction beyond confederation, it should answer the question of democratic deficit, that is, how to find European citizens who are loyal enough to sustain an independent political community. This paper discusses a possible route for the EU after the Lisbon Treaty, especially with respect to issues related to the democratic deficit and to the necessity of devising a European constitution.

Page Thumbnails

  • Thumbnail: Page 
53
    53
  • Thumbnail: Page 
54
    54
  • Thumbnail: Page 
55
    55
  • Thumbnail: Page 
56
    56
  • Thumbnail: Page 
57
    57
  • Thumbnail: Page 
58
    58
  • Thumbnail: Page 
59
    59
  • Thumbnail: Page 
60
    60
  • Thumbnail: Page 
61
    61
  • Thumbnail: Page 
62
    62
  • Thumbnail: Page 
63
    63
  • Thumbnail: Page 
64
    64
  • Thumbnail: Page 
65
    65
  • Thumbnail: Page 
66
    66
  • Thumbnail: Page 
67
    67
  • Thumbnail: Page 
68
    68
  • Thumbnail: Page 
69
    69
  • Thumbnail: Page 
70
    70