The European Lesson for International Democracy The Significance of Articles 9 to 12 EU Treaty for International Organizations
This text argues that Articles 9 to 12 of the EU Treaty provide a promising way to conceptualize
and develop the democratic legitimation of international organizations. To be sure, the current
European Union is not a democratic showcase. However, an innovative concept of democracy,
neither utopian nor apologetic, has found its way into its founding treaty. It can point the way in
conceiving and developing the democratic credentials not just of the EU, but of public authority
beyond the state in general. Since comparison is a main avenue to insight, this piece will present
those articles and show what lessons can be learnt for international organizations.