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Peter Ulrich: Can EU cross-border cooperation be democratic? Concepts, theories and thoughts on citizen´s participation

Abstract

As the title of the article in the RECERC journal reveals, the contribution scrutinizes to what extent EU cross-border governance structures are open for democratic innovation. The everlasting discrepancy of representation and normative democratic theory existed since the theoretical debate of liberalist and communitarian school of thoughts in the 1970´s. Representation (and later governance) in institutions and administrations (nation-state) have been considered as incongruous with societal dominion (society). Since the EU White paper on European governance (2001), scholars as well as practitioners seek to bridge the chasm by introducing concepts like “participatory governance”, “new governance” or “democratic governance”. Democratizing governance arrangements is assumed to bolster democratic legitimacy in the European Union.

This essayistic article follows the assumption of “bringing the citizens back in” in participatory governance arrangements by emphasizing cross-border regions as arenas for both international contact zones as well as regional democracy. The structure of the article follows an inductive procedure: First, the EU will be described according to democratic patterns in EU multilevel governance along the triplet of politics (processes), polity (structures) and policies (contents). Second, the observations will be theoretically reflected, the notion of participatory governance elaborated and analytical models of civil society participation in cross-border regions presented. The article concludes with recommendations of how cross-border governance arrangements shall be organized and structured to fulfil both requirements: to be effective as well as inclusive.

Autor Peter Ulrich
Titel des Aufsatzes Can EU cross-border cooperation be democratic? Concepts, theories and thoughts on citizen´s participation
Jahr 2017
Zeitschrift Zeitschrift RECERC
Ausgabe / Nummer 1

Einordnung in die Universitätsstruktur

Fakultät Kulturwissenschaftliche Fakultät
ZWE Viadrina Center B/ORDERS IN MOTION
Lehrstuhl Professur für Europäische und Internationale Politik
Forschungsprojekt Forschungsgruppe "Border & Boundary Studies"
Link zur Projektwebsite (extern) https://www.border-studies.de/web/forschungsgruppe-border-boundary-studies-/home

Bibliographische Angabe

Peter Ulrich: Can EU cross-border cooperation be democratic? Concepts, theories and thoughts on citizen´s participation. In: RECERC 1, 2017 .