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The European parliament - a model of representative democracy?

Mather, Janet (2001) The European parliament - a model of representative democracy? West European politics, 24 (1). pp. 181-201. ISSN 1743-9655

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Abstract

This article argues that the European Parliament (EP) provides a poor model of representative democracy, as the nature of its representativeness is rooted in a pre-democratic form. If this is correct, the EP's experience might indicate that liberal representative democracy in western political systems has become an inadequate vehicle for governmental legitimacy. However, the EP could promote devolution of power, which is a prerequisite for a more participatory form of democracy better suited to a politically mature populace.

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