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Patricia Thor Larsen & Marianne Mosegaard Madsen

Studenteropgave: Semesterprojekt


This project investigates how the use of referendums in accordance to the Danish membership of The European Union has influenced on the democratic legitimacy. Further it investigates whether less referendums leads to democratic deficit in Denmark. This is done through the use of the legitimacy theory presented by David Beetham, theories regarding direct, indirect and deliberative democracy and theories concerning The Sleeping Giant and democratic deficit. These theories are supported by empirical material, which derive from debates in the Danish Parliament, questions to the minister and articles. This project uses critical realism as its theory of science, which becomes clear in the way it is structured. The analysis regards the actual and empirical domains and the discussion represents the depth level. Democratic deficit in Denmark will be discussed in this level. We conclude that the degree of democratic deficit varies according to the background of the absence of referendums in Denmark.

UddannelserOffentlig Administration, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Bachelor el. kandidat
Udgivelsesdato21 jun. 2013
VejledereFlemming Juul Christiansen


  • Offentlig debat
  • Folkeafstemning
  • Lissabontraktaten
  • Grundloven
  • Suverænitetsafgivelse
  • Demokratisk underskud