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Leaderless Europe$
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Jack Hayward

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199535026

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199535026.001.0001

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The European Parliament: Leadership and ‘Followership’

The European Parliament: Leadership and ‘Followership’

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(p.245) 13 The European Parliament: Leadership and ‘Followership’
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Leaderless Europe
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David Judge

David Earnshaw

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199535026.003.0014

Can the European Parliament (EP) provide a democratic leadership link with citizen followers? Because there is no EU government, the EU cannot be authorized by and accountable to the EP which has had to exercise leadership in three other ways. First, it acted as a visionary constitutional entrepreneur in preparing the draft Treaty of European Union and the abortive Constitutional Treaty. Second, the EP has held the Commission to account and influenced and legitimized its agenda through prior authorization. Third, the EP has contributed to policy leadership, notably in environment, water policy, and biotechnology. Nevertheless, the EP's past and likely future leadership role derives from the fact that as the only directly elected supranational institution, it can offer the prospect of participative followership.

Keywords:   democratic, European Parliament, Commission, accountable, environment, water

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