Research

Research is an important pillar within The ECI Campaign. All your research findings on the ECI are of interest to us. Please feel free to contact us in case you would like to share your research with us.

Below you will find a list of publications directly related to the European Citizens’ Initiative issue. We are aware that the list is not complete and therefore we would be very grateful if you would send us copies of or links to any ECI articles, papers, books etc., which are not included in our database.

2014

Berg Carsten, Thomson Janice (eds.), An ECI That Works! Learning from the firts two years of the European Citizens’ Initiative, The ECI Campaign, Bonn.

Schadendorf Sarah, “Verwässerte direkte Demokratie. Die Mitteilung der EU-Kommission zur Europäischen Bürgerinitiative right2water”

2013

Głogowski Paweł / Maurer, Andreas, “The European Citizens‘ Initiative – Chances, Constraints and Limits”, Political Science Series, Institute for Advanced Studies, Vienna.

Karatzia Anastasia, “The European Citizens’ Initiative: Giving Voice to EU Citizens”.

Knaut Annette, “Die Europäische Bürgerinitiative – innovativ, transnational und demokratisch?”, Paper prepared for the Panel “Demokratische Innovationen im Kontext gesellschaftlicher Diversität”. Drei-­‐Länder-­‐Tagung der ÖGPW, DVPW und SVPW: “Politik der Vielfalt”, 19-­‐21 September 2013, Universität Innsbruck.

Vogiatzis Nikos, “Is the European Citizen’s Initiative a Serious Threat for the Community Method?”, European Journal of Legal Studies, Volume 6, Issue 1, 91-107.

2012

Bouza García, Luis, “New Rules, New Players? The ECI as a Source of Competition and Contention in the European Public Sphere.”, Perspectives on European Politics and Society, 13:3, 337-351.

Bouza García, Luis / Cuesta-López Victor / Mincheva Elitsa / Szeligowska Dorota, “The European Citizens’ Initiative – A First Assessment”, Bruges Political Research Papers, 24.

Bouza García, Luis / del Río Susana,“The ECI as a Democratic Innovation. Analysing its Ability to Promote Inclusion, Empowerment and Responsiveness in European Civil Society” Perspectives on European Politics and Society, 13:3, 312-324.

Carrara Stephane, “Towards e-ECIs European Participation by Online Pan-European Mobilization”, Perspectives on European Politics and Society, 13:3, 352-369.

Chytła Alicja, “European citizens’ initiative – remedy or placebo for the democratic deficit in the European Union” in: Grzeszczak R. and Karolewski I. (eds), The Multi-Level and Polycentric European Union. Legal and Political Studies, LIT Verlag, Münster: 151-174.

Cuesta-López Victor, „A Comparative Approach to the Regulation on the European Citizens’ Initiative”, Perspectives on European Politics and Society 13:3, 257-269.

de Clerck-Sachsse Julia, „Civil Society and Democracy in the EU. The Paradox of the European Citizens’ Initiative“, Perspectives on European Politics and Society 13:3, 299-311.

Faust Vera / Roose Jochen / Knaut Annette / Böttger Katrin / Plottka Julian (eds.), „Die europäische Bürgerinitiative – Beschäftigungstherapie für das Volk?“, Forschungsjournal Soziale Bewegungen, 4/2012.

Greenwood Justin, “The European Citizens’ Initiative and EU Civil Society Organisations”, Perspectives on European Politics and Society, 13:3, 325-336.

Hedling Elsa, “The European Citizens’ Initiative New Opportunities. for European Civil Actors?”, Lund University / Department of Political Science.

Hrbek Rudolf, „Die Europäische Bürgerinitiative: Möglichkeiten und Grenzen eines neuen Elements im EU-Entscheidungssystem“, Integration 1: 35-50.

Hrbek Rudolf, “National and European Political and the European Citizens’ Initiative”, Perspectives on European Politics and Society, 13:3, 370-384.

Kaufmann Bruno, “The European Citizens’ Initiative Pocket Guide”, Green European Foundation, Brussels.

Kaufmann, Bruno 2012: Transnational ‘Babystep': The European Citizens’ Initiative, in: Citizens’ Initiatives in: Setälä, Maija/Schiller, Theo 2012 (Hrsg.): Europe: Procedures and Consequences of Agenda-Setting by Citizens, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan

Kaufmann Sylvia-Yvonne / Plottka Julian, „Die Europäische Bürgerinitiative: Start in ein neues Zeitalter partizipativer Demokratie auf EU-Ebene“, EUD konkret, 01/2012.

Monagha Elizabeth, „Assessing Participation and Democracy in the EU. The Case of the European Citizens’ Initiative“, Perspectives on European Politics and Society 13:3, 285-298.

Plottka Julian, „Die Europäische Bürgerinitiative: Inklusion neuer Akteure in die europäische Politik?“, Zeitschrift für Parlamentsfragen, 02/2012.

Sigalas Emmanuel, “The European Citizens’ Initiative. A New Era for Democratic Politics in the EU”, The Federalist Debate, XXV/2.

Thomson Janice, “ECI: ‘A Space inside Europe for the Public’ before ‘A European Public Space’”, Involve.

Setala Maija / Schiller Theo (eds), “Citizens’ Initiatives in Europe. Procedures and consequences of Agenda-setting by Citizens”, Palgrave Macmillan, Hampshire.

Szeligowska Dorota / Mincheva Elitsa, “The European Citizens’ Initiative – Empowering European Citizens within the Institutional Triangle A Political and Legal Analysis”, Perspectives on European Politics and Society 13:3, 270-284.

2011

Best Edward / Lambermont Frank, “Citizen Involvement in EU Policies: Impossible Dream or Work in Progress?”, EIPA Paper, Maastricht.

Bruno Elisa, “The European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI): entrusting civil society participation versus enhancing the democratic legitimacy of the EU institutions?”, Thesis at the College of Europe.

Carausan Mihaela V., The European Citizens’ Initiative – Participatory Democracy in the European Union, Proceedings of the 6th Edition of the International Conference on European Integration – Realities and Perspectives, p. 19, 2011.

Chalmers Adam William, “Direct Democracy for the EU. A Place for Interest Groups in the European Citizens’ Initiative”, SWP Working Paper.

Dougan Michael, “What are we to make of the Citizens’ Initiative?”, Common Market Law Review 48(6): 1807–1848.

Efler Michael, „Stellungnahme zum Entwurf eines Gesetzes zur Durchführung Europäischer Bürgerinitiativen“.

Hornung Ulrike, „Die Verordnung über die Europäische Bürgerinitiative – mit Vollgas und angezogener Handbremse zu mehr Demokratie in Europa?“ (Ulrike Hornung is working in the German Ministry for Interior Affairs on the implementation of ECI, but is writing here as a private scholar. We recommend this text.)

Knaut Annette / Plottka Julian, “The European Citizens’ Initiative: New Knowledge Regimes for Interest Groups’ Involvement in European Law Making Processes?”, Paper presented on the 6th International Conference in Interpretive Policy Analysis: Discursive Spaces, Politics, Practices and Power, Cardiff University.

Leitner Erwin, „Die Europäische Bürgerinitiative – Ausgangspunkt für die künftige Europäische Volksabstimmung“.

Mehr Demokratie e.V., “Position Paper on the draft law implementing the ECI in Germany”.

Ponzano Paulo, “A million citizens can request European legislation: a sui generis right of initiative”.

Sauron Jean-Luc, “The European Citizens’ Initiative: not such a good idea?”, Robert Schuman Foundation Policy Paper 192.

Schnellbach Christoph, “The European Citizens’ Initiative: a useful instrument for public participation?”, CAPerspectives 3.

2010

Emmanouilidis Janis A. / Stratulat Corina, “Implementing Lisbon: A critical appraisal of the Citizens’Initiative”, European Policy Centre, Policy Brief.

Emmanouilidis Janis A. / Stratulat Corina, “The European Citizens’ Initiative: next step, implementation”, European Policy Centre, Policy Brief.

de Witte Bruno / Trechsel H. Alexander / Damjanović Dragana / Hellquist Elin / Hien Josef/ Ponzano Paulo, “Legislating after Lisbon – New Opportunities for the European Parliament, European University Institute”  (includes an entire chapter on ECI).

Hierlemann Dominik / Wohlfarth Anna, “Europäische Bürgerinitiative – Neuerung mit Sprengkraft”, Spotlight Europe, Bertelsmann Foundation.

Kaczyński Piotr Maciej, “The European Citizens’ Initiative: A Proper Response from the Commission”, Centre for European Policy Studies, Commentary.

Kaufmann Bruno / Pichler Johannes W. (Hrsg.), “The European Citizens’ Initiatives, Into New Democratic Territory”, Wien.

Müller-Török, Robert, Steint, Robert: Die Europäische Bürgerinitiative aus Sicht nationaler Wahlbehörden – Probleme der Verifikation von Unterstützungserklärungen in der Praxis, in: Verwaltung & Management Zeitschrift für moderne Verwaltung 16. Jg. (2010), Heft 5, S. 255-262.

2009

Ambs, Dominik: Mehr Demokratie und Legitimität durch den Vertrag von Lissabon? Die Europäische Bürgerinitiative. München: Centrum für angewandte Politikforschung (CAP)

Berg Carsten, “EU-Commissionʼs proposal for ECI needs improvement! A first analysis of the Commissions Green Paper”.

Maurer Andreas / Vogel Stephan, „Die Europäische Bürgerinitiative. Chancen, Grenzen und Umsetzungsempfehlungen“, SWP-Studie.

2008

Berg Carsten, “The European Citizen’s Initiative process”.

Berg Carsten / Kaufmann Bruno et al. (eds), “Initiative for Europe Handbook 2008 – The guide to transnational democracy in Europe”.

Hristova-Valtcheva Katia, „European Citizens’ Initiative: Is a Bottom-Up Process Possible?“ in Kolarova, R. and Hristova-Valtcheva, K. (eds), Citizens’ Europe? Reflections on the Implications of the Lisbon Treaty, Bulgarian European Community Studies Association, Sofia.

Pichler Johannes W. (ed), “We Change Europe! The European Initiative – Art 8b(4). Treaty of Lisbon”, Berliner Wissenschafts-Verlag, Berlin.

2007

Warleigh Alex, “On the path to legitimacy? A critical deliberativist perspective on the right to the citizens‘ initiative” in Ruzza, C. and Della Salla, V. (eds), Governance and civil society in the European Union: Normative perspectives, Manchester University Press, Manchester: 55-72.

2006

Efler, Michael: European Citizens’ Initiative. Legal options for implementation below the constitutional level, democracy international. c/o Mehr Demokratie e.V.

2005

Auer Andreas, “European citizens‘ Initiative”, European Constitutional Law Review 1(1): 79-86.