Regional Governance in the EU
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Regional Governance in the EU

Regions and the Future of Europe

Edited by Gabriele Abels and Jan Battke

The role of regions in the European Union has been frequently debated since the 1980s. This comprehensive book provides a thorough overview of the issue from a variety of perspectives, analysing regional governance and territorial dynamics in the EU and its member states. Focusing on the implications of the democratisation–regionalisation nexus, it argues that a ‘Europe with the regions’ may promote good governance and ameliorate the democratic deficits of the EU.
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Chapter 2: The contribution of regions to EU democracy

Simona Piattoni


In ‘the new circumstances of political organisation’ - that is, in the highly interconnected context of the European Union - sovereignty must be exercised in a responsible manner. The very understanding of democracy must go beyond the 18th-century notion of the self-legislating demos, at once the author and the subject of its laws, and rather conform to a transnational, multilateral and multilevel notion of democracy. What is the specific contribution that the regions can make to this notion of democracy? This chapter aims to provide answers to this question by focusing on the European Committee of the Regions (CoR), a consultative body of the EU. If good democratic governance needs both bigger and smaller units, then in the EU context it needs democratic institutions and procedures not only at the supranational and national level, but also at the subnational level.

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