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Party politics as usual?: The role of political parties in EU legislative decision-making
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Government.
2008 (English)In: Journal of European Public Policy, ISSN 1350-1763, E-ISSN 1466-4429, Vol. 15, no 8, 1107-1126 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Scholars have raised doubts about the ability of political parties to fulfil their traditional role as 'transmission belts' between citizens and legislators in the EU. We discuss how the different institutional environment of the EU affects the assumptions and predictions of theories of political parties developed for the national context and discuss how political parties can influence EU legislative decision-making. We distinguish between partisan effects in the electoral and legislative arena, and argue for a clear distinction between the effects of national parties, national party delegations and transnational party groups when studying EU party politics. The empirical literature shows that, whereas parties play a role in most institutions, they are not always the dominant players, and their effect varies both across and within these institutions.

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2008. Vol. 15, no 8, 1107-1126 p.
Keyword [en]
Democratic deficit, European Union, legislation, political parties, political representation
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Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalization Studies)
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-140246DOI: 10.1080/13501760802407623ISI: 000260610100001OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-140246DiVA: diva2:383306
Available from: 2011-01-04 Created: 2011-01-04 Last updated: 2011-01-04Bibliographically approved

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