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The “Democratic Deficit” and Executive Federalism in Canada

In this blog post, James Bowden writes that “democratic deficit” refers to a perceived lack of democratic accountability within the legislative process. He states that scholars initially used the idea in the context of how the European Economic Community ran its Parliament, but that the concept has also become bound up in discussions of executive federalism in Canada. Bowden analyzes whether executive federalism in Canada truly represents a democratic deficit, or whether the democratic deficit idea is properly used only in the context of the European Union. Read more here.