The Modern Law Review

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2013 Chorley Lecture
The Challenge of Executive Democracy in Europe
Professor Deirdre Curtin, Professor of European Law of the University of Amsterdam

Date: Tuesday 4 June 2013
Time: 6pm - 7pm
Venue: Shaw Library, Old Building, London School of Economics and Political Science

The recent response of supranational and national executives to challenges such as global security threats and the Eurocrisis prompts a fresh look at fundamental issues of (representative) democracy in Europe. First, the compound nature of the European Union continues to link supranational democracy closely with the functioning of national democracies. Second, the democratic challenge is accentuated by the acceleration of power exercised by the supranational executive including the (new) tasks of a growing array of institutions, agencies and other executive actors. Finally, secrecy and fragmentation of powers and responsibilities hinders public debate and democratic accountability. All of this may be indicative of an unbound executive beyond the reach of supranational and national democracy.

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