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Reconsidering the European Parliament’s Legislative Power: Formal vs. Informal Procedures

Hage, Frank M., and Kaeding, Michael. (2007) Reconsidering the European Parliament’s Legislative Power: Formal vs. Informal Procedures. In: UNSPECIFIED, Montreal, Canada. (Unpublished)

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    Abstract

    More and more legislative decisions are reached in early stages of the codecision procedure through informal negotiations among representatives of the EU institutions. This study argues that the European Parliament has an advantage in such negotiations relative to the Council due to the latter’s limited organisational resources to handle the increased legislative workload under the codecision procedure. The main implication of this theoretical argument is that the Parliament’s impact on the content of legislation should be higher when informal negotiations are conducted rather than when agreement is reached at the end of the procedure in conciliation. To examine this claim, we conduct a quantitative comparative study of the success of the Parliament’s amendments in two legislative decision-making processes in the field of Transport. The results reveal that the EP’s influence during codecision is indeed larger in the case of an early agreement.

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    Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
    Uncontrolled Keywords: Informal institutions; institutional choice; legislative decision-making.
    Subjects for non-EU documents: EU policies and themes > EU institutions & developments > European Parliament
    EU policies and themes > Policies & related activities > transport policy
    EU policies and themes > EU institutions & developments > Council of Ministers
    EU policies and themes > EU institutions & developments > institutional development/policy > decision making/policy-making
    Subjects for EU documents: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Series: UNSPECIFIED
    ["eprint_fieldname_eusries" not defined]: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Annual Reports: UNSPECIFIED
    Conference: European Union Studies Association (EUSA) > Biennial Conference > 2007 (10th), May 17-19, 2007
    Depositing User: Phil Wilkin
    Official EU Document: No
    Language: English
    Date Deposited: 15 Jun 2008
    Page Range: p. 43
    Last Modified: 15 Feb 2011 17:51
    URI: http://aei.pitt.edu/id/eprint/7929

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