By Wolfgang Weber, Michael Thoma, Annette Ostendorf, Lynne Chisholm
The contributions during this ebook handle the query of the way to increase and foster democratic competences. this can happen through institution curricula, source fabrics and teaching/learning tools; in places of work through formalised preparations that inspire self-direction and during the casual approaches engendered through expansive operating environments; and in own and neighborhood existence, together with during incidental studying in social networks. The experiences and analyses are a bit nonconformist in its thematic unfold and its boundary-crossing among disciplines and views that conventionally reside separate lives.
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A core area within the prominent debate on the democratic deficit of the EU refers to the relation between civil society and EU institutions, in particular the involvement of the society in EU affairs. As Kohler-Koch enunciates it accurately, “the common denominator is that civil society is a remedy to the legitimacy crisis of the EU and, consequently, the involvement if civil society is a main concern. ” (KohlerKoch 2010: 101) But European citizens are neither a static nor a homogeneous group and their demands and means of expression have evolved constantly.
The interaction of campaign mobilization with democratic representation gives an answer to the theoretical setting of ECI. Up to this point, ECI can be defined as the ability of NGOs to mobilize via distinct policy positions. Thus, ECI does not seem capable to foster citizens' participation beyond the civil society organizations already well established on the supra-national 6 7 The Commission will refuse to register a proposed ECI if the formation of the citizens’ committee does not follow the rules, it falls manifestly outside the framework of the Commission’s powers to submit a proposal for the requested legal act, it is manifestly abusive, frivolous or vexatious or it is manifestly contrary to the values of the Union as set out in Article 2 TEU (European Union 2011).