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Possible Future European Union Party-Political Systems. Bruges Political Research Papers 60/2017

Westlake, Martin (2017) Possible Future European Union Party-Political Systems. Bruges Political Research Papers 60/2017. [Policy Paper]

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    The paper passes in review the post-war steps to a parliamentary European Union and a party-political European Union and concludes that these are irreversible. It further considers the Spitzenkandidaten/Lead Candidate procedure, first used in 2014, and assumes, more debatably perhaps, that it, too, is probably irreversible. The paper acknowledges six ‘known unknowns’ that could have considerable consequences for the evolution of the Union’s party-political system. The paper then considers some basic questions about the model the Union has cumulatively chosen before considering some of the ‘discontents’ of some party-political systems and their potential relevance to the EU’s emerging system. The paper briefly considers whether the early evolution of the US party political system can shed any light on possible developments and identifies similarities. It concludes by pointing out that the existence of a parliamentary party-political system, with electoral linkage between the executive and the legislature, is a necessary but far from sufficient condition for viable governance – and opposition.

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    Item Type: Policy Paper
    Subjects for non-EU documents: EU policies and themes > EU institutions & developments > European Parliament
    EU policies and themes > Policies & related activities > political affairs > political parties
    Subjects for EU documents: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Series and Periodicals: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Annual Reports: UNSPECIFIED
    Series: Series > College of Europe (Brugge) > Bruges Political Research Papers
    Depositing User: Phil Wilkin
    Official EU Document: No
    Language: English
    Date Deposited: 13 Nov 2017 09:46
    Number of Pages: 49
    Last Modified: 10 Dec 2019 16:32

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