Democratising the Eurozone: Some Lessons To Be Drawn from T-Dem

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Table of Contents: I. Introduction. – II. Democratising the Eurozone, a creative thinking exercise. – II.1. De lege ferenda. – II.2. Working on concepts – II.3. Beyond national constitutional models – III. Democratising the Eurozone, a constrained exercise. – III.1. Democratisation by politicisation? – III.2. Democratising without disintegrating?

Abstract: The Overview starts by explaining why European Papers has invited scholars from different disciplines to comment the T-Dem draft written by Hennette, Piketty, Sacriste and Vauchez. It then focuses on the main reactions triggered by the Treaty draft. Although the four authors have provided a very innovative and stimulating Treaty draft, their project is fiercely criticised by scholars coming from very different fields and origins. Two main flaws of T-Dem are underlined in the Overview. First of all, the T-Dem draft, in its current version, fails to properly articulate democratisation and politicisation. Second of all, the four authors have not fully taken into account the possible negative impact of their democratisation endeavour on European integration.

Keyowords: Eurozone – Democratization – T-Dem draft – Parliamentary Assembly – politicisation – integration.

European Papers, Vol. 3, 2018, No 1, pp. 7-17
2499-8249 - doi: 10.15166/2499-8249/208

* Professor of Public Law, University Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne,


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