Where is European democracy heading?

At RECON’s concluding outreach event, key findings from the project was presented to policy makers, journalists and civil society actors, as well as the academic community and the general public.

RECON’s concluding outreach event held place at Résidence Palace in Brussels 19 May 2011.

How democratic is the European Union? How democratic can it be, and how democratic should it be?

The RECON project has addressed these questions through studies of a number of policy fields and institutional mechanisms.

The key question of the project is how to strengthen democracy in the EU.

These research results are of great relevance for the ongoing process of reforming European and national institutions.

Part I: Taking stock of EU democracy

(Running time 1h24m, 40.5 MB)



Erik O. Eriksen
RECON Scientific Coordinator, ARENA, University of Oslo

Angela Liberatore
European Commission, DG Research

A constitutional future for Europe?

John Erik Fossum
ARENA, University of Oslo

A European representative democracy?

Christopher Lord
ARENA, University of Oslo

Contesting Europe

Pieter de Wilde
Social Science Research Center, Berlin

New patterns of Euroscepticism?

Aleksandra Maatsch
CEuS, University of Bremen

Intellectual debates on Europe

Justine Lacroix
Université Libre de Bruxelles


Andrew Duff, Member of the European Parliament
Lisbeth Kirk, Editor-in-Chief, EUobserver

Part II: Democratic challenges

(Running time 1h17min, 35.4 MB)


Security - beyond democracy?

Helene Sjursen
ARENA, University of Oslo

Gender democracy?

Sara Clavero
CAWP, Queen's University Belfast

Financial crisis caused by European governance?

Agustín J. Menéndez
University of León

International trade and the conflict of laws

Christian Joerges / Karolina Zurek
ZERP, University of Bremen / Swedish Institute for European Policy Studies


Theofanis Christoforou, European Commission Legal Service

General discussion

Published May 23, 2011 2:27 PM - Last modified Mar. 22, 2012 1:42 PM