The Democratic Legitimacy of Codecision

The latest issue of Journal of European Public Policy includes an article on the democratic legitimacy of codecision by Christopher Lord.

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The article is part of a special issue on legislative codecision in the European Union, which is guest edited by Anne Rasmussen, Charlotte Burns and Christine Reh. 


This contribution develops a framework for evaluating the legitimacy of codecision. It uses democratic theory to clarify the role of legislative procedures in securing the legitimacy of political systems. It shows how that role requires public control with political equality and public justification.

It uses that standard to show how legislative agenda-setting, Council voting weights, European Parliament elections and seat apportionments, national parliamentary scrutiny, justificatory practices, and control of judicial and administrative rule-making all affect the legitimacy of codecision.

Overall the contribution concludes that the legitimacy of codecision is part of a predicament that can only be managed, not solved.

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The Democratic Legitimacy of Codecision
Christopher Lord
Journal of European Public Policy, Vol 20, No 7, pp 1056-1073
DOI: 10.1080/13501763.2013.795400

Published Aug. 8, 2013 3:15 PM - Last modified Aug. 19, 2013 1:39 PM