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"The development of the European Parliament's powers"

Rittberger, Berthold. (2003) "The development of the European Parliament's powers". In: UNSPECIFIED, Nashville, TN. (Unpublished)

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    Hitherto, we lack a systematic theoretically-guided explanation for one of the most striking institutional "anomalies" within a system of international institutionalized cooperation: Why does the European Union, as the only system of international governance, contain a powerful representative parliamentary institution, the European parliament, which possesses supervisory, budgetary and legislative powers? In this paper, I develop a theory of delegation to representative parliamentary institutions in international polities. It is argued that national governments' decisions to transfer sovereignty to a new (supranational) level of governance, triggers an imbalance between input and output legitimacy which political elites (in democratic polities) tie fully aware of. To "repair" this imbalance, proposals to create and empower a representative parliamentary institution play a prominent though not exclusive role. To assess the plausibility of the theory, three sets of cases to account for the delegation of supervisory, budgetary and legislative powers will be presented.

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    Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
    Subjects for non-EU documents: EU policies and themes > EU institutions & developments > institutional development/policy > general
    EU policies and themes > EU institutions & developments > European Parliament
    Subjects for EU documents: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Series and Periodicals: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Annual Reports: UNSPECIFIED
    Conference: European Union Studies Association (EUSA) > Biennial Conference > 2003 (8th), March 27-29, 2003
    Depositing User: Phil Wilkin
    Official EU Document: No
    Language: English
    Date Deposited: 25 Feb 2005
    Page Range: p. 31
    Last Modified: 15 Feb 2011 17:24

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