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Democratic Politics in a European Union Under Stress$
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Olaf Cramme and Sara B. Hobolt

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780198724483

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198724483.001.0001

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The Role of National Legislatures in EU Politics

The Role of National Legislatures in EU Politics

(p.103) 6 The Role of National Legislatures in EU Politics
Democratic Politics in a European Union Under Stress

Tapio Raunio

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Domestic legislatures have a highly important role in EU governance. Revisiting the deparliamentarization thesis, this chapter argues that it is misleading to label domestic legislatures as mere victims of integration. National parliaments clearly subject their governments to tighter scrutiny in EU matters than before, and the euro crisis has brought about a substantial increase in parliamentary public EU debates. At the same time we must be realistic and not expect too much from national legislatures: they can best contribute to EU democracy by doing exactly what they do in domestic politics-scrutinizing and debating policies in committees and the plenary. The more this activity is visible to the public, the better.

Keywords:   national legislatures, deparliamentarization, scrutiny, euro crisis, debates

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