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    We need to move banking and financial regulation into the centre of party political debate

We need to move banking and financial regulation into the centre of party political debate

Nicholas Dorn argues that the failures that led to the financial crisis were symptoms of a deeply entrenched historical democratic deficit. The whirlwind of regulatory activism post-crisis at international, European and national levels has yet to touch the core problem, which is that there never has been public regulation of financial markets in the UK. If the historically-constructed separation of regulation from […]

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    Far from being a threat to European democracy, the EU-US free trade deal is an ideal opportunity to reform controversial investment rules and procedures

Far from being a threat to European democracy, the EU-US free trade deal is an ideal opportunity to reform controversial investment rules and procedures

The EU and the United States are currently in the process of negotiating a free trade area, the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). Robert Basedow writes on criticism over the potential inclusion of ‘investor-state dispute settlement’ procedures in TTIP, which some commentators and academics have argued could undermine democracy on both sides of the Atlantic. He argues that […]

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    We need a deeper and more socially embedded kind of democracy based on active and engaged citizenship

We need a deeper and more socially embedded kind of democracy based on active and engaged citizenship

What is the problem with democracy? That is the question that Matthew Flinders seeks to answer at a forthcoming 8-minute TEDx talk. In seeking to answer the question, he argues that we may actually have too much democracy, in the sense that recent years have seen the creation of a kind of  damaging “hyper democracy” – defined as being individualised, neo-liberal […]

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    Young women face gender-specific challenges that limit their political participation

Young women face gender-specific challenges that limit their political participation

Young women aged 18-24 are likely less to take part in elections than their male counterparts. As part of Democratic Audit’s series on youth participation, Jacqui Briggs explores the reasons for this, showing how women face specific barriers because of their gender and are under-represented throughout the system. She argues that politicians need to address issues that affect women’s lives such […]

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    The European Union must have a closer link to national politics if it is to retain its legitimacy

The European Union must have a closer link to national politics if it is to retain its legitimacy

National governments are still involved in negotiations over nominating a candidate for the next President of the European Commission. Anand Menon writes that while much of this debate has focused on the merits of individual candidates such as Jean-Claude Juncker, the real issue is a structural one concerning the future of the European Parliament. He argues that, whichever candidate […]

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    The European Union does not have a democratic deficit – it has a democratic surplus

The European Union does not have a democratic deficit – it has a democratic surplus

The European Union has often been accused of having a ‘democratic deficit’. Sir Robert Cooper writes that what the EU actually suffers from is a ‘democratic surplus’: elections are held, but turnout remains extremely low due to a lack of interest among citizens. As national parliaments appear to bring greater legitimacy than the European Parliament, he argues that the […]

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    We should view democracy as a set of interconnected systems, spanning politics, the law, civil society, the market and regulation

We should view democracy as a set of interconnected systems, spanning politics, the law, civil society, the market and regulation

Most recognize that democracy is much wider than just politics and elections. In this post, Frank Vibert argues that democracy comprises multiple, interdependent systems including the law, civil society and the market, which are in a constant state of flux and tension. He also explores the idea that ‘regulation’ is another system integral to democracy, bolstering and correcting other systems in […]

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