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EU Law and the potential of democratic anxiety



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Speaker: Professor Damien Chalmers - LSE

Series: Institute for the Study of European Law (ISEL) seminars

Damian ChalmersA central challenge for the post-crisis Union will be democratic agency, its capacity to take increasingly significant measures democratically. The Union is bedeviled here by the phenomenon of democratic competition. To secure demand for its legislation, it must demonstrate greater utility than other arenas to those who might wish that legislation. However, it must also show increased pluralism to command support from the wider pool of subjects affected by it. These competing pressures have proved impossible to meet. Increased significant Union law-making drew more to actors in Brussels and increased competition from other political arenas. This, in turn, politicised Union law-making but diminished its relative utility to incumbents. Demand for Union law-making reduced as incumbents sought regulatory substitutes to Union laws; institutional diversification emerged to supply these substitutes; and debates about the Union's democratic pedigree focused on the issues of accountability arising from this diversification rather than wider panoramas.

Professors Damian Chalmers is Professor of European Law at the London School of Economics (LSE). He is interested in the relationship between European Union law and its and domestic systems of government. His current research focuses on:

  • whether the European Union can ever by democratic
  • what processes could be installed to protect democracy within the United Kingdom if it wishes to remain within the European Union
  • patterns of litigation before EU courts to see who really uses EU law and whether that should shape how we look at it

He is working on a monograph on what vision of the human condition is taken by EU law. His assumption is that this vision of ourselves is both the central identifying element of EU law and one of its most challenging elements.

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When and where

1.00pm - 3.00pmWednesday 19th March 2014

AG02 College Building City, University of London St John Street London EC1V 4PB United Kingdom

Contact Details

Dr Steven Truxal

Lecturer in Law

City, University of London
Northampton Square
United Kingdom
020 7040 3417

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