Philosophy

Stephan Bredt

Die demokratische Legitimation unabhängiger Institutionen

Vom funktionalen zum politikfeldbezogenen Demokratieprinzip

[The Democratic Legitimacy of Independent Institutions. From the Functional to a Policy-Field Related Principle of Democracy.]

unveränderte eBook-Ausgabe 2022; Orginalausgabe 2006; 2006. XVIII, 508 pages.

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The assertion of general interests by independent institutions such as central banks, constitutional courts or the EU Commission does not lead to a democratic deficit in general. By combining the new institutional economics and the classic theory of democracy, Stephan Bredt incorporates the connection between the structure of an institution and its influence on the political decision-making process as a decisive criterion for the evaluation of its democratic legitimacy.
The assertion of general interests by independent institutions such as central banks, constitutional courts or the EU Commission does not lead to a democratic deficit in general. Traditional theories of democracy, which are based on Montesquieu's tripartite division of powers, do in principle recognize a lack of democracy in independent institutions. They do not however take into consideration the fact that varying interests have different ways of asserting themselves. By combining the new institutional economics and the classic theory of democracy, Stephan Bredt incorporates the connection between the structure of an institution and its influence on the political decision-making process as a decisive criterion for the evaluation of its democratic legitimacy. In doing so, he justifies the democratic legitimacy of independent institutions in certain policy fields.
Authors/Editors

Stephan Bredt Geboren 1972; Studium Rechtswissenschaften in Freiburg und München; Licence en Droit in Grenoble; 2004 Promotion; Referent für Sozialpolitik im Bundestag.

Reviews

The following reviews are known:

In: Walthari — Www.walthari.com/wiss5.html (E. Dauenhauer)
In: FAZ – Wirtschaftsbücher — 10. Dezember 2007, S. 12 (Michael Wohlgemuth)
In: Recht und Politik — 2010, 214–223 (Max Gutbrod)
In: Revue Hellenique des Droits de l'homme — 2013, Nr. 58, 623