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The Eurozone Crisis and National Parliaments: Representative Roles and Communicative Involvement

Wendler, Frank (2015) The Eurozone Crisis and National Parliaments: Representative Roles and Communicative Involvement. [Conference Proceedings] (Submitted)

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    The paper approaches the Eurozone crisis as an opportunity for a stronger communicative involvement of national parliaments in European governance. In this context, the paper explores links between structures of argumentative justification and party political polarization in debates on the Eurozone crisis. The question addressed is in how far we observe generalizable patterns across very different cases and legislatures. Empirically, the paper presents an assessment of data on argumentative claims from four European legislatures (the Austrian Nationalrat, French Assemblee Nationale, German Bundestag and UK House of Commons). This data demonstrates that aside from some unsurprising differences in the structure of debate in the four countries, we can actually observe typical patterns of contestation across legislatures that differ along various levels of argumentative discourse. Debates on the utility, normative principles and legitimacy of Eurozone crisis management can be identified across all four cases, each resulting in characteristic patterns of party political polarization.

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    Item Type: Conference Proceedings
    Subjects for non-EU documents: EU policies and themes > Policies & related activities > law & legal affairs-general (includes international law) > compliance/national implementation
    EU policies and themes > Policies & related activities > economic and financial affairs > EMU/EMS/euro
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    Conference: European Union Studies Association (EUSA) > Biennial Conference > 2015 (14th), March 4-7, 2015
    Depositing User: Phil Wilkin
    Official EU Document: No
    Language: English
    Date Deposited: 06 Mar 2018 15:20
    Number of Pages: 26
    Last Modified: 06 Mar 2018 15:20

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