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The Intellectual History of European Democracy

A Critical Investigation

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13 October 2022

15:00 - 16:30 CEST



In this online Alcide De Gasperi Centre seminar, Dr Aliénor Ballangé (Göethe-Universität, Frankfurt-am-Main) will present findings of her book 'La Démocratie communautaire. Généalogie critique de l'Union européenne'.

In her volume, Ballangé studies the intellectual history of the democratic integration of the European Union, from the interwar period to the elections of the European Parliament in 1979. She analyzes the emergence and interweaving of three founding currents in the political integration of the EU: the French planist genealogy, the Italian federalist genealogy and the German ordoliberal genealogy. 

How each of these genealogies positioned itself vis-à-vis democracy, and how these positions affected the inclusion of the peoples of Europe in the integration process - these are the questions that this book specifically aims to answer, and which will be discussed in this event. Whereas significant debates have been accompanying the experimentation of European citizens' panels in the framework of the Conference on the Future of Europe, Ballangé intends to bring perspective and historical depth to the EU's "democratic deficit". 

Professor at the EUI School of Transnational Governance, Kalypso Nicolaïdis and Dr Tommaso Milani (LMU, Munich) will act as discussants.


Karolina Klimiuk


Professor Kalypso Nicolaïdis (EUI and University of Oxford)

Tommaso Milani (ISB. Bochum)


Aliénor Ballangé (Göethe-Universität, Frankfurt-am-Main)

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