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An Economic and Social Committee for the Citizen, or a Citizen for the Social and Economic Committee'?

An Economic and Social Committee for the Citizen, or a Citizen for the Social and Economic... Economic and Social Committee for the Citizen, or a Citizen for the Economic and Social Committee? This article deals with the efforts of the European Economic and Social Committee to respond to the European democratic deficit and to provide itself a legitimate role. It analyses both the discourse and the action of the Committee in the post-Maastricht period. It argues that a profound reflection on 'citizenship' could help the Economic and Social Committee to redefine its own role in a European polity in search of legitimacy. Citizenship is no new issue at the European leve1,l but due to the increased debate on the European democratic deficit it has gained momentum, especially since the European University Institute, Florence. The author would like to thank Jakob Juhler Andersen. Grainne de Burca, Renaud Dehousse, Amaryllis Verhoeven, Peter Bonnor and the participants of the seminar 'Constitutional Issues on European Union Law' at the European University Institute, I I March 1999, for their constructive comments on an earlier draft. The usual disclaimer applies. This research has been realized with the financial support of the European Economic and Social Committee. For the earlier stages in setting citizenship on the European policy agenda, see Antje http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png European Public Law Kluwer Law International

An Economic and Social Committee for the Citizen, or a Citizen for the Social and Economic Committee'?

European Public Law , Volume 5 (4) – Jan 21, 1999

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Economic and Social Committee for the Citizen, or a Citizen for the Economic and Social Committee? This article deals with the efforts of the European Economic and Social Committee to respond to the European democratic deficit and to provide itself a legitimate role. It analyses both the discourse and the action of the Committee in the post-Maastricht period. It argues that a profound reflection on 'citizenship' could help the Economic and Social Committee to redefine its own role in a European polity in search of legitimacy. Citizenship is no new issue at the European leve1,l but due to the increased debate on the European democratic deficit it has gained momentum, especially since the European University Institute, Florence. The author would like to thank Jakob Juhler Andersen. Grainne de Burca, Renaud Dehousse, Amaryllis Verhoeven, Peter Bonnor and the participants of the seminar 'Constitutional Issues on European Union Law' at the European University Institute, I I March 1999, for their constructive comments on an earlier draft. The usual disclaimer applies. This research has been realized with the financial support of the European Economic and Social Committee. For the earlier stages in setting citizenship on the European policy agenda, see Antje

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European Public LawKluwer Law International

Published: Jan 21, 1999

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