New book: The Challenge of Democratic Representation in the EU

Sandra Kröger and Dawid Friedrich have edited a volume on the challenge of democratic representation in the EU which appeared on Palgrave Macmillan in February 2012. The volume seeks to uncover dynamics of representation in the EU and speaks to key questions of RECON’s WP 3 – Representation and Institutional Make-up.


The Challenge of Democratic Representation in the European Union

Sandra Kröger and Dawid Friedrich (eds), Palgrave Macmillan, 2012


What does political representation in the European Union look like? Which actors claim to act as representatives of which constituency? What role does the EU play in (re)shaping political representation? This volume addresses these questions, adding to the emerging debate on political representation and democracy in the EU, and includes original conceptual and empirical chapters by emerging and leading scholars in the field. It clarifies the roles of different political actors such as parliaments, civil society organizations and subnational authorities. It explores representative claims made by these actors in different contexts, be it the digital public sphere or parliaments, and elucidates the impact of the EU on the institutions and practices of political representation. The volume argues that the transformation of representation in the EU is characterized by processes of diversification, albeit with an uncertain ability to re-configure the link between representation and democracy.

The volume includes several contributions by RECON-affiliated scholars: Asimina Michailidou and Hans-Jörg Trenz, Emmanuel Sigalas and Johannes Pollak, Pieter de Wilde, and editor Sandra Kröger. The remaining chapters are authored by Cristina Fasone, Dawid Friedrich, Elena Griglio, Erik Jentges, Håkan Johansson, Simona Piattoni, Heiko Pleines, Tapio Raunio, Meike Rodekamp, and Stijn Smismans.


See more at the publisher’s website.