Covid-19: A Different Economic Crisis but the Same Paradigm of Democratic Deficit in the EU

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Covid-19: A Different Economic Crisis but the Same Paradigm of Democratic Deficit in the EU


  • Dina Sebastião CEIS20—Centre of Interdisciplinary Studies, Portugal / Faculty of Arts and Humanities, University of Coimbra, Portugal


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Abstract:  Based on a normative orientation and an interdisciplinary perspective, this is a comparative study, using the process tracing methodology, between the EU responses to Eurozone and Covid-19 crises to assess if, despite different outcomes, institutional decision-making processes evidence a change. The study concluded that the EU democratic deficit remains, which assumes special features in economic crises, providing a political oversize power to the economically hegemonic states, thus constraining ideological debate and making national interest prevail over politicisation. This perpetuates the conversion of structural economic positions into political power at the expense of political representative power and democracy.

Keywords:  democratic deficit; Covid-19; EMU governance; Eurozone crisis

Published:   27 May 2021


DOI: https://doi.org/10.17645/pag.v9i2.3923


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