WP 9 examines the conditions and prospects of democratization in European transnational legal and political arrangements – and in postnational constellations more generally – with reference to two interconnected frameworks of analysis. Each framework provides the basis for a distinct sub-project.
A first ‘top-down’ framework and sub-project examines the impact of globalisation processes, in particular the liberal trading regime of the WTO, on nation state democracies and on the democratisation of the European Union.
A second ‘bottom-up’ framework and sub-project instead pursues the issue of regional democratization from a state-centred perspective. It focuses on Canada as a model of ‘state-based cosmopolitanism.’ This provides a comparative perspective from which to examine the democratic potential of the EU as a polity which, similar to Canada, possesses both high levels of regulatory centralization and institutional co-ordination and a resilient cultural pluralism.
More details on the research objectives of WP 9.
RECON participants WP 9
ARENA, University of Oslo
European University Institute, Florence
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Centre for European Law and Politics (ZERP), University of Bremen
Johann Wolfgang Goethe University, Frankfurt am Main