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Depoliticization at the EU Level : Delegitimization and Circumvention of Representative Democracy in the Government of Europe

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This article defends the hypothesis that depoliticization practices in the European Union stem from the EU's institutions and actors's relationship, both singular and longstanding, with "the political" and representative democracy. We thus propose to take a perspective opposite to a dominant reading that regards depoliticization as a recent response to a critical juncture in EU integration, and in particular to the growing objections to which the EU is subjected. To do so, this article starts by highlighting the omnipresence of the logics of depoliticization and listing its main methodsexpertise, informal negotiation, permanent consultation of interest groupsin making European policies. Trying then to identify what feeds these depoliticization initiatives, it underlines a relationship of distrust regarding the mechanisms of representative democracy, which, far from being the exclusive prerogative of "euro-officials", is widely shared among Europe's professionals and closely linked to the genesis and institutionalization of the European field of power (Georgakakis, Rowel, 2013).
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Cécile Robert. Depoliticization at the EU Level : Delegitimization and Circumvention of Representative Democracy in the Government of Europe. Wiesner, Claudia. Rethinking politicisation in politics, sociology and international Relations, Palgrave Macmillan; Springer International Publishing, pp.201-222, 2021, Palgrave Studies in European Political Sociology, ⟨10.1007/978-3-030-54545-1⟩. ⟨halshs-03146919⟩
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