Democracy through Strong Publics in the European Union?
Version of Record online: 7 MAR 2003
Blackwell Publishers Ltd 2002
JCMS: Journal of Common Market Studies
Volume 40, Issue 3, pages 401–424, September 2002
How to Cite
Eriksen, E. O. and Fossum, J. E. (2002), Democracy through Strong Publics in the European Union?. JCMS: Journal of Common Market Studies, 40: 401–424. doi: 10.1111/1468-5965.00362
- Issue online: 7 MAR 2003
- Version of Record online: 7 MAR 2003
This article explores the democratizing role of strong publics, which are institutionalized bodies of deliberation and decision–making. Strong publics are important to modern democracy as they subject decision–making to justificatory debate. This article evaluates selected aspects of the institutional nexus of the EU in order to see if they qualify as strong publics. The focus is on comitology, the European Parliament and the Charter Convention. These bodies vary in their status as strong publics, but to various degrees they all inject the logic of impartial justification and reason–giving into the EU system.