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  • hoekstra-rutte The Netherlands doesn’t understand Southern Europe’s pain

    In the Netherlands, the public underestimates how much Southern Europe has already suffered. And how we benefited ourselves, says Joris Melman, analysing the Dutch stance in the negotiations on the EU’s economic responses to the corona crisis.

    Post-Crisis Democracy in Europe blog, 20 April 2020

    Translated and adapted version of an opinion piece published in Trouw.

  • charging-bull-nyc The difficult role of consumer groups in the shaping of financial regulation

    Although European financial regulation directly affects citizens as consumers, it is only to a limited extent exposed to public debate. There has also been widespread criticism that European regulators were too close to the financial sector, both before and after the financial crisis. The EU introduced permanent advisory councils, so-called Stakeholder Groups, to include more diversified societal interests in the shaping of new regulation. Despite these efforts, Bastiaan Redert finds that the instrument largely disadvantaged consumer interests over the financial industry rather than ensuring truly balanced information.

    Post-Crisis Democracy in Europe blog, 20 April 2020

  • public-sphere-tour Promise of democratic renewal or shaky idea? Recommendations for the Conference on the Future of Europe

    Can participatory democracy be the solution to the EU’s democratic deficit? This seems to be the European Commission’s intention with launching the Conference on the Future of Europe. If this is to work, the Conference must however itself be democratically legitimate. Based on past experiences, Camille Dobler gives four recommendations for citizens’ consultations.

    Post-Crisis Democracy in Europe blog, 20 March 2020

  • euro-in-pocket-colourbox The euro: scapegoated by politicians, supported by the public

    Public opinion has a central role in the politics of the Eurozone. But how do citizens form their opinions? Joris Melman’s original research indicates that opinions on the euro are often embedded in more general political orientations. For most people, the euro is above all a practical artefact in their daily lives, which makes them less likely to question it.

    Post-Crisis Democracy in Europe blog, 19 March 2020

  • corruption National parliaments’ role in the fight against corruption

    By constraining the powers of executives and developing a political culture of accountability, national parliaments play a key role in the fight against corruption. However, their normative powers may be marginalized in the process of democratic consolidation. Based on original research from three European states, Emilija Tudzarovska-Gjorgjievska argues that weak parliaments contribute to the vicious cycle of corruption when they give a pretence of legitimation but do not act as democratic institutions proper.

    Post-Crisis Democracy in Europe blog, 26 February 2020


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