Parliaments and the Economic Governance of the European Union: Talking Shops or Deliberative Bodies?, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

Parliaments and the Economic Governance of the European Union

Talking Shops or Deliberative Bodies?, 1st Edition

By Aleksandra Maatsch


142 pages

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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.

Table of Contents

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

About the Author

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

About the Series

Routledge Studies on Government and the European Union

What is actually governed at the scale of the European Union (EU)? Some domains of societies and economies in Europe certainly seem to be, but the government of many others appears instead to take place at global, national or sub-national scales. The principal objective of this book series is to provide a sustained and structured space within which a cumulative set of books on what the EU actually governs would be published. These will depart from much of mainstream ‘EU studies’ to propose instead social science theory driven analyses that better reflect and reveal the transnational character of government in contemporary Europe.

This series of books will share a common focus and a commitment to detailed, theoretically driven but readable empirical studies. Although authors will differ slightly here, this focus postulates in general that:

  1. Far from being a system composed uniquely of ‘national’ and ‘supranational’ bodies, the government of the EU is enacted by all the public and private practitioners who participate in the construction and institutionalization of ‘European public problems’;
  2. This government is inscribed in a strongly fragmented European polity. However, its fragments –be they sectoral or territorial- seldom map neatly onto the frontiers of the member states;
  3. Integrating this government and polity constitutes a permanent challenge not only for the formulation of European public problems and their treatment (eg. for environmental protection), but also for the legitimation of these processes and the actors they involve (eg. Commission representatives).

The series is edited by Professor Andy Smith, Research Professor at the University of Bordeaux. All proposals for the series should be submitted either to the editor or the publishers.

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