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Members of the European Parliament have gained great influence in trade policy, thereby challenging the national monopolies of power. Often, they are perceived as a disturbing element in international negotiations.
European decision-makers point to flexible relationships with the EU as a way to maintain their countries’ independence and autonomy. New research from ARENA suggests that political differentiation might in fact lead to the opposite, which does not bode well for the UK after Brexit.
Guri Rosén and Silje H. Tørnblad seek to answer questions, to what extent, and how, does expertise from the Commission influence the European Parliament’s positions in the article in the European Politics and Society.
In a new Special Issue of The British Journal of Politics and International Relations, Guri Rosén and Kolja Raube aim to explore parliamentary influence in security policies beyond the right to veto troop deployments and other formal sources of authority.
This study, based on an online survey, shows that political group staff in the European parliament are primarily committed to the concerns of their respective political groups, but also to the arguments of those external actors which have similar party affiliation.
Morten Egeberg, Åse Gornitzka, Jarle Trondal and Mathias Johannessen
This paper shows that the main pattern of European democratisation has unfolded along the lines of an EU organised as a multilevel system of representative parliamentary government and not as a system of deliberative governance as the transnationalists propound.
Erik Oddvar Eriksen and John Erik Fossum
During the last decade, national parliaments have left their status as ‘losers’ of European integration by attaining a more prominent role in the EU. Tracing this development, the paper argues that a gap has evolved between the EU and EFTA countries with regards to parliamentary influence; furthermore, this gap is likely to increase with the introduction of a Constitution for Europe.
Jan Kåre Melsæther and Ulf Sverdrup