Politicians in general practice Asymmetric Keynesianism.
The often-invoked ‘democratic deficit’, now hardly disputed, has deepened as EU institutions have moved beyond their original remit into electorally highly salient policy fields, which had previously been strictly the competence of national governments.
But the current Eurozone crisis has arguably taken this trend to a new level. Democratic politics have been increasingly sidelined as both the methods and the policy content of responses to the crisis become exceedingly executive driven and technocratic – to the detriment of parliamentary scrutiny and democratic accountability. Politicians have justified these measures by pleading economic necessity and the constraints of global market forces over the available policy options.
Increasingly, this claim is being challenged and arousing mounting popular opposition both within and even more outside the formal democratic process.
In this lecture Albert Weale (formely in Essex, now in UCL) debates how far we are seeing the institutionalisation of “responsible” over “responsive” government within the EU and the implications of this move for the future of democracy in Europe.