This post was first published on the DLiberation blog, as part of the EU's Tomorrow's Europe project.
Is it recent eastern enlargement that is pushing a slightly disorientated and isolated Brussels into the arms of experiments with Deliberative consultation?
When Poland and the other ex-communist, central and eastern European countries signed up, the European Union got more heterogeneous overnight. And that means many more interests to cater for.
If the aim of Deliberative methods is to make it easier to transcend individual, local, sectional and national interests, then the job has got much harder in a 27 nation state club with wide economic and social differences between the new and old members.
The present Polish government certainly takes the idea of ‘national interest' seriously - it thinks it has the mandate to do so...read on at the Dliberation blog
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
Posted by beatroot at 10/10/2007