The European Parliament, National Parliaments, and European Integration

Hardcover | May 15, 1999

EditorRichard S. Katz, Bernhard Wessels

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European integration is progressing at an even more rapid rate. Accompanying this progress is an increasing debate about the institutional shape and legitimacy of this new political order. This debate is driven in part by conflicting values, and in part by uncertainty. This book addresses thequestion of parliamentary involvement in the emerging European political system by looking at both national and European levels of parliamentary representation. In doing this, it gives greater attention to the role of national parliaments than is usual in discussions about democracy in the EuropeanUnion. Based on interviews and surveys among members of parliament at the European level, and in eleven member states, it analyses the role of parliaments and parliamentarians, the linkages between national citizenry and the European level, and the problems and perspectives of institutional change. Thebook is provides analyses of the views from within concerning European integration and concentrates of three dimensions: the MPs themselves; their embeddedness in the process; and their perspectives on institutional structures. These views from within offer new insights and answers to institutionalproblems in the European Union and the so-called democratic deficit.

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European integration is progressing at an even more rapid rate. Accompanying this progress is an increasing debate about the institutional shape and legitimacy of this new political order. This debate is driven in part by conflicting values, and in part by uncertainty. This book addresses thequestion of parliamentary involvement in the...

Bernhard Wessels is at Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin fur Sozialforschung (WZB). Richard S. Katz is at The John Hopkins University.

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Format:HardcoverPublished:May 15, 1999Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Bernhard Wessels and Richard S. Katz: Introduction: European Parliament, National Parliament, and European IntegrationPart I: Role of Parliaments and Parliamentarians2. Richard S. Katz: Representation, the Locus of Democratic Legitimation, and the Role f the National Parliaments in the European Union3. Mark N. Franklin and Susan E. Scarrow: Making Europeans? The Socializing Power of the European Parliament4. Richard S. Katz: Role Orientations in Parliaments5. Pippa Norris: Recruitment into the European ParliamentPart II: Linkages6. Berhard Wessels: European Parliament and Interest Groups7. Jacques Thomassen and Hermann Schmitt: Partisan Structures in the European Parliament

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`This strong and comprehensive volume is recommended for graduate, research and professional collections.'W. Maas, Choice. Vol.37, No.11/12.