The European Citizens’ Initiative: A (small) step towards “more” European democracy!

Annette Knaut, Univer­sität Koblenz-Landau, and Julian Plottka, IEP, discuss whether the ECI as a newly intro­duced instrument of citizen partic­i­pation offers an oppor­tunity to foster European democracy on a European level. In a provi­sional empirical analysis, they conclude that the ECI offers the potential to not only extend the circle of actors, who are involved in European politics, but also make a small step forward towards “more” European democracy as a result.

Further infor­mation of the issue is available on the Forschungsjournal Soziale Bewegungen website.