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The European Citizens' Initiative: Empowering Political Participation in the EU?

  • Anja Opitz
  • Doris Dialer
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Abstract

On April 1st 2012 Europe will face a historical moment: the first European Citizens' Initiative (ECI) is supposed to be registered. At first sight the ECI seems to be an innovative tool of direct democracy through participation and the first of its kind on a supranational level. Because civil society is strongly “linked to the idea of participation” which itself is deemed to “have higher democratic credentials than representation.”

Keywords

Member State Civil Society Direct Democracy Direct Participation European Citizen 
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