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Accountability in the European Union$
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Carol Harlow

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780199245970

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199245970.001.0001

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A Plethora of Parliaments?

A Plethora of Parliaments?

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(p.79) 4 A Plethora of Parliaments?
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Accountability in the European Union
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Carol Harlow

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199245970.003.0005

This paper discusses the two-tier division of parliamentary function attributed to the European Parliament and the national parliaments of the member states. The responsibilities were broken down, and it was for national parliaments to control the input of their own governments into the EU, while control of the EU institutions and of the collective activities of the council was left to the European Parliament. The degree of control by national parliaments over EU affairs depends essentially on two variables: the balance of power inside the national system between parliament and government; and the degree of parliamentary control over the conduct of foreign affairs. Different parliaments conceive their roles very differently and prioritize different aspects of their functions, with the result that their contribution to accountability may vary greatly.

Keywords:   European Parliament, parliamentary control, foreign affairs, parliament, government

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