Due to the increase of security challenges in the proximity of Europe, the prominence of the EU's Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP) has augmented. This book is a systematic effort to empirically approach the democratic deficit of CSDP, to understand its social construction and propose ways to remedy it.

The book uses Foucault’s approach of governmentality to unravel the social construction of this deficit and to illuminate the power relations between the different actors participating in CSDP governance and the constraints upon them. Finally, applying the normative reading of agonistic democracy, the author suggests concrete ways for EU citizens to have a say in the political choices of statesmanship in CSDP governance.

The Democratic Quality of European Security and Defence Policy will be of key interest to scholars, students and practitioners of EU foreign and security policy and more broadly of European governance, European Politics and democracy.

chapter |14 pages


part I|48 pages

The democratic quality of EU security and defence

part II|48 pages

The democratic deficit of CSDP

chapter 3|21 pages

Practices of governance

Policy design 1

chapter 4|25 pages

Practices of governance

Public dissemination

part III|33 pages

From CSDP’s democratic deficit to a more integrated EU polity

chapter 5|20 pages

Practices of freedom

Citizen participation in CSDP governance

chapter |11 pages


Democratisation of CSDP and European integration