Democratic regulation in an EU in crisis – mission (im)possible?


Workshop at Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence “Europe in Global Dialogue”

April 14th and 15th 2016, Technische Universität Darmstadt

In Cooperation with the Academy of Finland FiDiPro Project “Transformations of Concepts and Institutions in the European Polity”

In the current state of the art in EU and multilevel studies democracy usually is discussed regarding the question whether the EU´s political system is sufficiently legitimate and democratically organized. In the debate on the EU´s democratic deficit positions differ widely.

The starting point for this workshop is that we diagnose the current EU crises – the sovereign debt crisis and the refugee crisis – to be aggravating the EU´s democratic deficits. At the same time, they highlight the limits of the EU´s current modes of decision-making and governance.

Against this background, the workshop´s leading question is how the crises could be governed by institutions and /or mechanisms that 1) are more legitimate and 2) enable sustainable (economic) governance?

Papers will

1)      Discuss the new institutional constructions, governance mechanisms, and decision making processes that have been developing in the course of the sovereign debt crisis and the refugee crisis with regard to their democratic quality

2)      Discuss possible solutions and new forms of institutional and governance innovations that are both sustainable economically and socially and democratically legitimate


Organisation and contact: PD Dr. (University of Jyväskylä and University of Darmstadt)