Reference : Representation of the Union's citizens by the European Parliament
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Representation of the Union's citizens by the European Parliament
Gerkrath, Jörg mailto [University of Luxembourg > Faculty of Law, Economics and Finance (FDEF) > Law Research Unit]
European Constitutional Law Review
Cambridge University Press
Yes (verified by ORBilu)
United Kingdom
[en] European Constitution; European Constitutional Law; European Convention; European Union; Representation; European Citizens; European Parliament; European Demos.
[en] As it is obviously impossible for the modern ‘demos’ to assemble in order to take political decisions, democratic representation is an inevitable tool in large democracies. Representatives have to stand for and to act for the people as a whole. Accordingly, the principle of representative or parliamentary democracy is a fundamental constitutional principle shared by all the Member States of the Union. Democracy doubtlessly works on the national level; the Member States' decisional powers, however, are fading with the constant transfer of competences towards the European level. This leads to a system of European ‘multi-level governance’ with wide consequences for the linkage between the represented peoples of the Member States and their representatives on both national and European levels.

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