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Constitutional Preferences and Parliamentary ReformExplaining National Parliaments' Adaptation to European Integration$
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Thomas Winzen

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780198793397

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2017

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198793397.001.0001

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The Democratic Deficit and Parliamentary Adaptation to Integration

The Democratic Deficit and Parliamentary Adaptation to Integration

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(p.11) 2 The Democratic Deficit and Parliamentary Adaptation to Integration
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Constitutional Preferences and Parliamentary Reform
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Thomas Winzen

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198793397.003.0002

This chapter explains the thesis that national parliaments lose authority from European integration, and embeds it into the broader debate on the democratic deficit of the EU and international institutions more generally. It then shows empirically what kind of national and European-level parliamentary rights exist, mapping their development over time and across countries. It is demonstrated that all national parliaments have implemented so-called ‘oversight institutions’—parliamentary rights and capacities designed to enhance parliamentary control of governments in EU affairs—albeit to varying degrees. In contrast, national parliaments’ collective European role remains weakly developed. The systematic overview provided in this chapter sets the stage for the empirical analyses of this study.

Keywords:   European integration, national parliaments, democratic deficit, oversight institutions, collective European role

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