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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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Constitutional Preferences and National Parliamentary Reform

Constitutional Preferences and National Parliamentary Reform

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Constitutional Preferences and Parliamentary Reform

Thomas Winzen

Oxford University Press

There is something puzzling about parliamentary oversight competences in EU affairs and domestic policy-making alike. The majority parties that would have the voting power to create these competences do not urgently need them, while the opposition parties that need institutional rights lack the votes to get them. This chapter discusses the strengths and weaknesses of existing explanations of national parliaments’ institutional adaptation to European integration, such as those of accounts based on party political incentives arising from minority and coalition governance. It then elaborates an alternative account, relating EU-related parliamentary reforms to the nature and configuration of political parties’ constitutional preferences.

Keywords:   European integration, national parliaments, constitutional preferences, institutional adaptation, political parties

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