Representation in multilateral democracy: How to represent individuals in the EU while guaranteeing the mutual recognition of peoples
Article by postdoctoral fellow Antoinette Scherz, published in the European Law Journal, Volume 23, Issue 6, November 2017, (495–508). Access the article.
The democratic criteria for representation in the European Union are complex since its representation involves several delegation mechanisms and institutions.
This paper develops institutional design principles for the representation of peoples and individuals and suggests reform options of the European Union on the basis of the theory of multilateral democracy. In particular, it addresses how the equality of individuals can be realised in EU representation while guaranteeing the mutual recognition of peoples. Unlike strict intergovernmental institutions, the EU requires an additional and independent legislative chamber in which individuals are directly represented. However, strict equality of individuals cannot be the guiding principle for this chamber. In order to avoid the overruling of peoples through supranational majorities, it is necessary to bind the chamber's composition by a principle of degressive proportionality. The representation of peoples, on the other hand, needs to be connected to their domestic democratic institutions.