Regional Parliaments: Effective Actors in EU Policy-Making?, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Regional Parliaments

Effective Actors in EU Policy-Making?, 1st Edition

Edited by Gabriele Abels, Anna-Lena Hogenauer

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156 pages

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pub: 2018-06-13
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In an attempt to strengthen the legitimacy of European Union (EU) policy-making, the 2009 Lisbon Treaty strengthened the principle of parliamentary control in EU affairs. This pertains to parliaments at all levels ranging from the regional to the supranational level. This book analyses the potential of regional parliaments – the parliaments closest to the citizens – to engage in EU affairs and to fill the perceived legitimacy gap. Eight member states have a total of 73 regional parliaments with legislative powers, and there are further trends towards decentralization in Europe. On its quest to understand the role that regional parliaments can plan in the EU multi-level parliamentary system, the book addresses key questions: What are the formal powers and functions of regional parliaments in EU policy-making? How do they use their powers in practice? How active are they in EU politics, and what do they try to achieve? What factors can explain their degree of (in-)activity?

The chapters in this book were originally published in a special issue of The Journal of Legislative Studies.

Table of Contents

1. Regional parliaments in the EU multilevel parliamentary system

Peter Bursens & Anna-Lena Högenauer

2. Regional parliamentary empowerment in EU affairs. Building an analytical framework

Karolina Borońska-Hryniewiecka

3. Mandating – a likely scrutiny instrument for regional parliaments in EU affairs?

Gabriele Abels

4. Regional parliaments questioning EU affairs

Anna-Lena Högenauer

5. Spokes in the wheel. European affairs and the parliamentary administration of German Landtage

Aron Buzogány & Jens Häsing

6. Belgian regional parliaments and the European Union: an analysis of parliamentary scrutiny in agricultural and environmental policies

François Randour & Wouter Wolfs

7. Parliamentary scrutiny as a function of interparliamentary cooperation among subnational parliaments

Annegret Eppler & Andreas Maurer

8. Conclusion: regional parliaments – a distinct role in the EU?

Anna-Lena Högenauer & Gabriele Abels

About the Editors

Gabriele Abels is Jean Monnet Chair of Comparative Politics and European Integration at the University of Tübingen, Germany. She is also Director of the Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence PRRIDE (Positioning Regions and Regionalism in a Democratic Europe), funded by the Erasmus+ programme.

Anna-Lena Högenauer is Adjoint de Recherche at the University of Luxembourg. She works on European democracy and multi-level governance. Together with her co-authors she has won the 2016 PADEMIA Award for Outstanding Research in the Field of Parliamentary Democracy and the 2016 European Political Science best article award.

About the Series

Library of Legislative Studies

The Library of Legislative Studies comprises scholarly books - including individual country studies as well as major comparative works - that advance knowledge of legislatures and legislative processes. The volumes in the library are designed to be of value to students and scholars in legislative studies, comparative government, constitutional law, and European and regional integration.

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BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POL000000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / General