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The Convention Method Revisited: Does It Have a Future and Does It Matter?
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Government.
2010 (English)In: European Law Journal, ISSN 1351-5993, E-ISSN 1468-0386, Vol. 16, no 6, 717-735 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Scholars have argued that the Convention method has democratised the process of treaty reform and increased the legitimacy of EU constitutionalization. This study finds that the Convention method has contributed to a slightly more democratic process, but has not in any fundamental way improved the democratic status of the EU’s treaty reform process. We should accordingly not be too concerned over the future fate of the Convention method. From a democratic perspective we should be more worried over the possible scenario that future changes to the EU’s institutional structure will come about through implicit constitutional change without any formal changes being made to the treaties. The cumbersome ratification process could thereby be bypassed. This, however, would deprive EU citizens of the only real opportunities they have of influencing decisions on the overall design of the integration project.

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2010. Vol. 16, no 6, 717-735 p.
Keyword [en]
Convention method, treaty reform, European Union, democracy, legitimacy
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Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalization Studies)
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Political Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-132273DOI: 10.1111/j.1468-0386.2010.00530.xISI: 000284070800002OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-132273DiVA: diva2:357370
Available from: 2010-10-18 Created: 2010-10-18 Last updated: 2017-12-12Bibliographically approved

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