1st Edition

Parliaments and the Economic Governance of the European Union Talking Shops or Deliberative Bodies?

By Aleksandra Maatsch Copyright 2017
    142 Pages
    by Routledge

    142 Pages
    by Routledge

    This book analyses how national parliaments and parliamentary parties performed their legislative, representative and control functions during the reform of European economic governance. Focusing on domestic approvals of anti-crisis measures (EFSF, ESM and the Fiscal Compact) in all member states of the Eurozone, the book aims at establishing to what extent national parliaments and parliamentary parties secured their competences in EU policy-making during that process.

    Taking an interdisciplinary approach, In order to address that question the book employs an interdisciplinary approach and analyses (i) in which states parliaments’ formal powers in approval of anti-crisis measures were constrained, (ii) how parliamentary parties voted on the analysed measures, (iii) what were the dominant discourses of their proponents and opponents and (iv) which parties advocated neoliberal and which Keynesian measures.

    This text will be of key interest to scholars, students and practitioners in European Union politics and studies, political parties and parliaments, European Economic governance and more broadly to European politics.

    1. Introduction

    i.. National Parliaments in the Reform of European Economic Governance: Talking Shops or Deliberative Bodies?

    ii. National Parliaments in the European Union: From De-Parliamentarisation to Re-Parliamentarisation.

    iii. The Role of Parliaments in the European Union after the Lisbon Treaty

    iv. How Do Parliaments Contribute to Closing the Legitimacy Gap?

    v. Contents of the book

    2. European Financial Crisis: Dominant Narratives and the Legal Status of Anti-Crisis Measures

    i. The European Financial Crisis

    ii. The Legal Status of Anti-Crisis Measures

    3. Empowered or Disempowered? The Role of National Parliaments during the Reform of European Economic Governance

    4. Drivers of Political Parties’ Voting Behaviour in European Economic Governance: The Ultimate Decline of the Economic Cleavage?

    i. Introduction

    ii. What Factors Explain Political Parties’ Voting Patterns on European Anti-crisis Measures? Literature Review and Hypotheses

    iii. Research Design, Methodological Approach and the Database Used in This Study

    iv. Empirical Findings

    v. Discussion and Conclusions

    5. Parliamentary Parties’ Discourses on Anti-Crisis Measures: Between Solidarity and Particularistic Interest

    i. Introduction

    ii. Analytical Framework

    iii. Methodological Approach – Frame Analysis

    iv. Discursive Support and Opposition: Dominant Patterns

    v. Pragmatic and Idealistic Supporters

    vi. Opponents: Nationalists and Anti-Austerians

    vii. Conclusions

    6. Macroeconomic Preferences of National Parliamentary Parties

    i. Introduction

    ii. Keynesianism and Neoliberalism

    iii. Which Factors Account for Political Parties’ Positioning on Macroeconomic Policies? Hypotheses of This Study.

    iv. Methodological Approach of this Study

    v. Empirical Evidence

    vi. Conclusions

    7. Conclusions


    Aleksandra Maatsch is Chair of European and Multilevel Politics (Interim), University of Cologne, Germany.