1st Edition

The European Parliament in the Contested Union Power and Influence Post-Lisbon

Edited By Edoardo Bressanelli, Nicola Chelotti Copyright 2020
    176 Pages
    by Routledge

    176 Pages
    by Routledge

    The European Parliament in the Contested Union provides a systematic assessment of the real influence of the European Parliament (EP) in policy-making.

    Ten years after the coming into force of the Treaty of Lisbon, which significantly empowered Europe’s only directly elected institution, the contributions collected in this volume analyse whether, and under what conditions, the EP has been able to use its new powers and shape decisions. Going beyond formal or normative descriptions of the EP’s powers, this book provides an up-to-date and timely empirical assessment of the role of the EP in the European Union, focusing on key cases such as the reforms of the EU’s economic governance and asylum policy, the Brexit negotiations and the budget. The book challenges and qualifies the conventional view that the EP has become more influential after Lisbon. It shows that the influence of the EP is conditional on the salience of the negotiated policy for the Member States. When EU legislation touches upon ‘core state powers’, as well as when national financial resources are at stake, the role of the EP – notwithstanding its formal powers – is more constrained and its influence more limited. This book provides fresh light on the impact of the EP and its role in a more contested and politicised European Union.

    Bringing together an international team of top scholars in the field and analysing a wealth of new evidence, The European Parliament in the Contested Union challenges conventional explanations on the role of the EP, tracking down empirically its impact on key policies and processes. It will be of great interest to scholars of the European Union, European politics and policy-making. The chapters were originally published as a special issue of the Journal of European Integration.

    Introduction: Power without Influence? Explaining the Impact of the European Parliament post-Lisbon

    Edoardo Bressanelli and Nicola Chelotti

    1. Driving informal institutional change: the European Parliament and the reform of the Economic and Monetary Union

    Magnus G. Schoeller and Adrienne Héritier

    2. Failing under the ‘shadow of hierarchy’: explaining the role of the European Parliament in the EU’s ‘asylum crisis’

    Ariadna Ripoll Servent

    3. In the eye of the storm? The European Parliament, the environment and the EU’s crises

    Charlotte Burns

    4. The European Parliament as a budgetary extractor since the Lisbon Treaty

    Giacomo Benedetto

    5. Negotiating Brexit: the European Parliament between participation and influence

    Edoardo Bressanelli, Nicola Chelotti and Wilhelm Lehmann

    6. The European Parliament and development cooperation: democratic participation in the ‘low politics’ of EU external relations

    Paul James Cardwell and Davor Jancic

    7. European Parliament resolutions—effective agenda setting or whistling into the wind?

    Amie Kreppel and Michael Webb

    8. The European Parliament in turbulent political times: concluding reflections

    Brigid Laffan

    9. Between power and influence: the European parliament in a dual constitutional regime

    Sergio Fabbrini


    Edoardo Bressanelli is ‘Montalcini’ Assistant Professor at the Sant'Anna School in Pisa, Italy. He has published widely on the European Parliament, EU law-making, political parties and Brexit. His articles have appeared in Comparative Political Studies, the European Journal of Political Research, European Union Politics and the Journal of European Public Policy, among others.

    Nicola Chelotti is Lecturer in Diplomacy and International Governance at Loughborough University, UK (London campus). His research primarily concerns EU negotiations and policy processes while also covering the field of EU external relations. His work has appeared in journals such as British Journal of Politics and International Relations, Cooperation and Conflict and West European Politics, among others.