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Functional representation and democracy in the EU, the European Commission and social NGOs, Corinna Wolff

Involving civil society <U+0127> in particular affected stakeholders <U+0127> is often seen as a solution to democratic deficits. High expectations ride on the promise of participation in new modes of governance at the EU, such as the Open Method of Coordination (OMC). But its results have been modest, and it is unclear who should participate where, and how. Corinna Wolff offers a consistent framework to assess participation from the perspective of democratic legitimacy, conceptualising it as functional representation. She reviews recent theories of representation, develops them into a tool to deal with complex governance settings, then applies this framework to functional representation at the European Commission in EU social policy. The results indicate that far from being a panacea, functional representation raises fundamental questions about the possibilities for democratic European governance --, Provided by Publisher
Table of contents
List of Figures and Tables vii Acknowledgements ix Chapter One: Introduction 1 Chapter Two: What Does it Mean to Represent? 23 Chapter Three: Descriptive Representation 45 Chapter Four: Functional Representation and Democracy 55 Chapter Five: The Use of Functional Representation in EU Social Policy 77 Chapter Six: What Makes One a Stakeholder of the Commission? 109 Chapter Seven: The Role of NGOs in the Social OMC 133 Chapter Eight: The Key European Networks 157 Chapter Nine: The Descriptive Representation of the Poor 189 Chapter Ten: The Commission's Concept of Representation: 'Closeness' on All Levels 215 Chapter Eleven: The Commission's Concept of Democracy: 'Working Together' 235 Chapter Twelve: Conclusions 265 Appendix: Primary Sources 287 Bibliography 289 Index
Literary form
non fiction
Physical description
x, 320 pages, illustrations, 24 cm.

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