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Parliamentary co-evolution: national parliamentary reactions to the empowerment of the European Parliament

Winzen, Thomas and Roederer-Rynning, Christilla and Schimmelfennig, Frank (2015) 'Parliamentary co-evolution: national parliamentary reactions to the empowerment of the European Parliament.' Journal of European Public Policy, 22 (1). pp. 75-93. ISSN 1350-1763

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Existing research on the European Union's (EU) multilevel parliamentary system builds on the hypothesis of parallel evolution, situating explanations for European Parliament (EP) empowerment at the EU level and explanations for national parliamentary powers in EU affairs at the national level. We propose the hypothesis of co-evolution, which specifies a connection between national and European arenas of parliamentarization. We study whether the EP's empowerment enhances or reduces pressure on national parliaments to strengthen their own EU-related competences. First, we argue that national parliamentary parties take conscious positions on the powers of the EP. Second, support for the EP among the party composition of national parliaments tells us whether parliaments regard the EP as a competitor or ally, feeling pressed, or relieved of the pressure, to strengthen their EU-related competences.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Demoi-cracy, European integration, European Parliament, national parliaments
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe)
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences
Faculty of Social Sciences > Government, Department of
SWORD Depositor: Elements
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 21 Jan 2019 11:28
Last Modified: 06 Jan 2022 13:56

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