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Democracy paradoxes in multi-level governance: theorizing on structural fund system research
Örebro University, School of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences. (Democratic Government in Change)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-3602-1837
2003 (English)In: Journal of European Public Policy, ISSN 1350-1763, E-ISSN 1466-4429, Vol. 10, no 2, p. 283-300Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article examines the EU structural fund system from a democratic point of view and starts theorizing on the nature of basic democracy problems. The analysis is guided by a parliamentary, a pluralistic and an élite-democratic model. None of these models seems to fit well with how the system works in practice, summarized as top-down and technocratic with important vertical co-ordination between administrative levels, which tends to marginalize the role of democratic institutions. Five types of fundamental problem are identified and analysed in terms of democracy paradoxes (multi-level, vertical, economic, horizontal, multi-demos). It is difficult to dissolve these paradoxes because they reflect existing structural fund institutions. In order to democratize, they need to be challenged, either by regulating partnerships in a more democratic way or by challenging the partnership principle with the parliamentary principle.

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2003. Vol. 10, no 2, p. 283-300
Keywords [en]
Democracy models, democracy paradoxes, multi-level governance, partnerships, structural funds, technocratic policy-making
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Political Science
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Political Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-38785DOI: 10.1080/1350176032000059044OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-38785DiVA, id: diva2:764596
Available from: 2014-11-19 Created: 2014-11-19 Last updated: 2017-12-05Bibliographically approved

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