Can justice dethrone democracy in the European Union? A reply to Jürgen Neyer

Nicol, D. 2012. Can justice dethrone democracy in the European Union? A reply to Jürgen Neyer. JCMS: Journal of Common Market Studies. 50 (3), pp. 508-522.

TitleCan justice dethrone democracy in the European Union? A reply to Jürgen Neyer
AuthorsNicol, D.
Abstract

Jürgen Neyer has recently proposed replacing the European Union's ‘democracy discourse’ with a ‘justice discourse’. This article challenges his arguments. It points out the difficulties associated with Neyer's assertion that EU democracy is not theoretically possible. It then goes on to argue against his proposition that it would be unfair to judge the EU against democracy criteria. Finally it questions Neyer's assumption that EU policy contains an incontestable justice, arguing that democracy remains essential as the means by which a political community differentiates between justice and injustice.

JournalJCMS: Journal of Common Market Studies
Journal citation50 (3), pp. 508-522
ISSN0021-9886
YearMay 2012
PublisherWiley
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.1111/j.1468-5965.2011.02235.x
Publication dates
PublishedMay 2012

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