When Culture Hampers European Integration: The Case of Denmark’s EU Cooperation

Jeppe Juul Petersen

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    Abstrakt

    This article deals with Denmark’s skeptical attitude towards the EU cooperation. From a hermeneutical-institutional approach the aim of this article is to analyze why Denmark has been rejecting several initiatives from the EU. It illustrates how different democratic understandings hamper European integration. Based on Ronald Dworkin’s theoretical framework the article discusses two different perceptions on democracy: majoritarian democracy and constitutional democracy. It is shown when and why EU’s member states prefer to handle EU-related judicial disputes without involving supranational institutions. In addition, the article provides tentative comparisons to Britain and the Nordic countries since they show similar attitudes to supranational institutions. The article concludes that Denmark’s majoritarian democracy provides political cultures incompatible with the EU’s constitutional democracy and this can explain why Denmark is so reserved when it comes to EU cooperation.
    OriginalsprogEngelsk
    TitelProceedings of the 3rd International Conference on European Integration. ICEI 2016
    RedaktørerEva Kovářová, Lukáš Melecký, Michaela Staníčková
    UdgivelsesstedOstrava
    ForlagVSB- Technical University of Ostrava, Faculty of Economics
    Publikationsdato2016
    Sider763-770
    ISBN (Elektronisk)9788024839110
    StatusUdgivet - 2016
    BegivenhedThe 3rd International Conference on European Integration. ICEI 2016 - Ostrava, Tjekkiet
    Varighed: 19 maj 201620 maj 2016
    Konferencens nummer: 3
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    Konference

    KonferenceThe 3rd International Conference on European Integration. ICEI 2016
    Nummer3
    LandTjekkiet
    ByOstrava
    Periode19/05/201620/05/2016
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    Emneord

    • Culture
    • European integration
    • Institutions
    • Majoritarian- and constitutional democracy

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