How Can Parliaments Contribute to the Legitimacy of the European Semester?

Christopher Lord develops a standard for evaluating how parliaments at all levels can contribute to the legitimacy of the European semester in this new article published in Parliamentary Affairs.

Abstract

This article develops a standard for evaluating how parliaments can contribute to the legitimacy of the European semester. It then uses that standard to identify where national parliaments may be able to oversee the semester through their relationships to their own governments and where that solution may, conversely, be insufficient. The article uses that analysis to raise four questions. Firstly, what powers over the semester should be exercised by some parliament somewhere? Secondly, how should any parliamentary participation in the semester be distributed across European, national and even sub-national parliaments? Thirdly, how far should parliaments co-operate in their responses to the semester? Fourthly, how uniform across parliaments should participation in the semester be?

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Christopher Lord
How Can Parliaments Contribute to the Legitimacy of the European Semester?

Parliamentary Affairs, Vol. 70, Issue 4, pp. 673-690, 2017
DOI: 10.1093/pa/gsx017

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Tags: European Semester, Political Legitimacy, Parliamentary Oversight
Published Oct. 10, 2017 7:53 AM - Last modified Nov. 16, 2017 11:05 AM