chapter  9
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Democratizing the EU: evidence and argument

WithCatherine Hoskyns

The chapters of this book indicate how many different perspectives on and approaches to the issue of democratizing the EU there can be, even among those who have revealed at least a measure of agreement on objectives and values. The variation comes from standpoint, the mix of theoretical and empirical material used, and the weight given to the different interests in play. Thus, the feminized critiques of Sue Cohen in Chapter 2, which are based on direct and personal experience of EU processes, contrast sharply with the more formal theorizing of Sverker Gustavsson in Chapter 3. No one contributor is more ‘right’ than any other, and all these views, analyses and experiences (and many others) are needed if we are to be able to get a grip on the substantive issues and the context in which they are being considered.