The issue of the democratic legitimacy of the European Union has been prominent in national debates across Europe in recent years. The Lisbon Treaty contains many apparent remedies to the EU's "democratic deficit," including a strengthened European Parliament, a new citizens' initiative, and a bigger role for national parliaments in legislative scrutiny.Professor Simon Hix analyzes the prospects for these measures and addresses the broader issue of what can be done to make the EU a more vibrant and democratic political space.moreless
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