By building on extensive scholarships on participatory democracy in the EU Alberto Alemanno evaluates the state of EU participatory democracy ten years after its inclusion in the EU treaties. By shedding some light on this emerging principle of EU law as a complementary source of democratic legitimacy of the Union.
The seminar will proceed as follows.
Section II diachronically reconstructs the genesis and evolution of the principle of participatory democracy, by mapping its major developments with a particular emphasis on citizen participation, under EU law. Section III provides a detailed and systemic legal examination of its textual base and relevant case law in order to unpack the normative meaning of participatory democracy through the identification of a new concept of ‘participation as democracy’ and its underlying rationale. Section IV attempts at mapping out and systematizing the many participatory mechanisms available to EU citizens in order to examine whether and the extent to which they contribute to operationalize the principle of citizen participation in the Union’s democratic life, thus enhancing the Union’s legitimacy. Sections V examines the contribution of each EU mechanism to citizen participation to the Union’s democratic life, by measuring them against the yardsticks of openness, responsiveness and effectiveness. Section VI provides some concluding remarks on the untapped legitimating potential of EU citizen participation via the multiple mechanisms and put forward some recommendations on how to seize such a potential.
About the speaker
Alberto Alemanno is Jean Monnet Professor of European Union Law and Policy. Due to his commitment to bridge the gap between academic research and policy action, he has been pioneering new forms of teaching and participatory research, such as the EU Public Interest Law Clinic established by HEC Paris and New York University School of Law. He is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of the European Journal of Risk Regulation (published by Cambridge University Press), a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Consumer Policy, of the Revue du Droit de l'Union Européenne and is the founder of the Lobbying Summer Academy. His research and teaching activities focus on EU Law, Democratic Innovation and governance, Risk Regulation as well as Regulatory Reform.