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Building Europe's ParliamentDemocratic Representation Beyond the Nation State$
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Berthold Rittberger

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780199273423

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2005

DOI: 10.1093/0199273421.001.0001

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The Empowerment of the European Parliament: Lessons from the New Institutionalism and Democratic Theory

The Empowerment of the European Parliament: Lessons from the New Institutionalism and Democratic Theory

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(p.15) 1 The Empowerment of the European Parliament: Lessons from the New Institutionalism and Democratic Theory
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Building Europe's Parliament
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Berthold Rittberger (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0199273421.003.0002

Reviews the new institutionalist literature on institution-building and derives expectations based on rational choice and sociological institutionalism for explaining the empowerment of the European Parliament. Since concerns about ‘democratic legitimacy’ are cited frequently in the literature on European integration as ad hoc-explanations for the empowerment of the European Parliament, this chapter will also turn to work on the ‘democratic deficit’ and inquire whether this literature offers any cues to improve our understanding of the existence and empowerment of the European Parliament.

Keywords:   democratic theory, neo-institutionalism, rational choice institutionalism, sociological institutionalism

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