Assessing the democratic quality of new modes of EU governance: The industrial emissions directive as a test case

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Series Details Vol.17, No.2, June 2018, p240–257
Publication Date June 2018
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This paper focuses on the democratic quality of ‘new’ modes of EU governance. Since these innovative governance arrangements are more likely to demonstrate democratic features of a deliberative nature, the criteria for an ideal type of deliberative democracy are developed based on the well-known work of theorists Jürgen Habermas and Iris Marian Young.

The empirical test case of the industrial emissions directive and, more specifically, the selection and deliberation processes of its Technical Working Groups are assessed using these criteria. The research reveals how a particular new mode of EU governance works in practice and how it performs from the perspective of deliberative democracy.

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