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Party groups and committee negotiations in the European Parliament: outside attention and the anticipation of plenary conflict

Roger, Léa and Winzen, Thomas (2015) 'Party groups and committee negotiations in the European Parliament: outside attention and the anticipation of plenary conflict.' Journal of European Public Policy, 22 (3). 391 - 408. ISSN 1350-1763

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Abstract

We study the relationship of the European Parliament's (EP) standing committees and party groups. According to recent studies, committees are the centre of EP policy-making, while party groups enable the transmission of policy positions from specialists to generalists through the mechanism of ‘perceived preference coherence’ (Ringe 2010). We argue that this view underestimates the importance of party groups during the committee stage, if there is outside attention to committee negotiations, or if specialists expect conflict at the plenary stage. Under these conditions, committee members use the party groups to pre-empt the anticipated risk of plenary conflict in an effort to protect their reputation and legislative goals. Finding intra-party co-ordination at the committee stage is important, since the rise of early legislative agreements diminishes the formal relevance of the plenary in EP policy-making. The study of intra-party co-ordination also speaks to a growing scholarly interest in informal European governance.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Committees, European Parliament, legislative negotiation, party groups
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Government, Department of
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 21 Jan 2019 11:46
Last Modified: 21 Jan 2019 12:15
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/23866

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