Conceptualising the role of national parliaments in the EU system of governance

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Title: Conceptualising the role of national parliaments in the EU system of governance
Authors: MacCarthaigh, Muiris
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Date: 2005
Abstract: The function of national parliaments in the European Union has attracted significant public debate in recent years, particularly in the context of the draft EU Constitutional Treaty. Much of this has concerned the role of such legislatures in respect of two issues – scrutiny of EU legislation, and providing a bridge to narrow a perceived gap between the central EU institutions and the citizens of the member-states. How best these tasks can be achieved remains subject to considerable discussion and has resulted in substantial innovation and institutional reconfiguration within the national parliaments of the Union. In this article, the various patterns and understandings emerging in the deliberation over the future of national parliaments in the EU system of governance are explored. It is concluded that the most progressive course of action for national parliaments in an enlarged EU is to seek methods of shaping the agenda rather than focusing on securing maximum recognition or veto power within the Union's wider infrastructure.
Type of material: Working Paper
Publisher: University College Dublin. Geary Institute
Series/Report no.: UCD Geary Institute Discussion Paper Series; WP2005/09
Subject LCSH: European Union--Politics and government
European Union--Membership
Legislative bodies--European Union countries
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Language: en
Status of Item: Not peer reviewed
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