William Outhwaite

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    Solving the EU’s democratic deficit would help revive democracy at the national level

Solving the EU’s democratic deficit would help revive democracy at the national level

The European Union has often been accused of having a ‘democratic deficit’, but what measures would actually improve EU democracy? William Outhwaite writes on theoretical models of democracy and how they might be applied to EU politics. He notes that while the democratic problems associated with the EU policy process are very real, strong leadership from within the EU’s […]

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Book review: German Europe

Germany’s power relative to other European states has grown as a result of the Eurozone crisis. Ulrich Beck’s latest book asks whether the country’s dominant position within the European Union means that we’re now living in a ‘German Europe’. Professor of Sociology William Outhwaite finds Beck’s book to be rich in ideas, but questions whether the responsibility for austerity policies […]

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Five minutes with William Outhwaite: “The chic ultra-right populism of Geert Wilders and others is certainly worrying”

As part of our on-going Thinkers on Europe series, EUROPP’s editors Stuart A Brown and Chris Gilson spoke to Professor of Sociology William Outhwaite about the EU’s democratic deficit, the rise of the far-right, and whether sociologists should do more to engage with the subject of European integration. Does the European Union suffer from a democratic deficit? People have been […]

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