The European Constitution and Democracy

The European Constitution and democracy: The ?non? vote by the French and others has torpedoed a draft European Constitution. Why? ? largely because, unlike the American Constitution, it is a ponderous, voluminous tome prepared by a European elite, one that proposes an overly centralized government that does not democratically involve a wide cross section of people in politics and self-government. The vote has served to surface a transatlantic ferment of discussion of how to reform politics and democratize British and European societies. See, for example, Tom Bentley?s excellent ?white paper? on ?Everyday Democracy? (www.demos.co.uk).

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