The Jean Monnet Chair Democracy in the European Union has coordinated a symposium in the journal Comparative European Politics entitled “Multilevel democracy in the European Union: have the innovations of the Lisbon Treaty made a difference?”.

Nine years after the Lisbon Treaty entered into force, the symposium reviews the effects of three institutional mechanisms contained in the treaty that were designed to make the EU more democratic: the Ordinary Legislative Procedure, the Early Warning Mechanism for national parliaments, and the European Citizens’ Initiative.

How have these been used since the Lisbon Treaty came into force? Have they indeed improved the EU’s democratic quality?

Online-first versions of all contributions to the symposium are now available on the journal’s website (accessible through the links below).

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Symposium: “Multilevel democracy in the European Union: have the innovations of the Lisbon Treaty made a difference?” (guest editor: Achim Hurrelmann)
Comparative European Politics

Introduction: multilevel democracy in the European Union and the innovations of the Lisbon Treaty
Achim Hurrelmann and Sebastian Baglioni

Passage to bicameralism: Lisbon’s ordinary legislative procedure at ten
Christilla Roederer-Rynning

National parliaments in the democratic politics of the EU: the subsidiarity early warning mechanism, 2009–2017
Ian Cooper

The European Citizens’ Initiative: bringing the EU closer to its citizens?
Justin Greenwood

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