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    Conclusion: National parliaments gradually learning to play the European game?

    O'Brennan, John (2007) Conclusion: National parliaments gradually learning to play the European game? In: National parliaments within the enlarged European Union : from 'victims' of integration to competitive actors? Routledge advances in European politics (47). Routledge, Abingdon, pp. 245-261. ISBN 9780415399357

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    According to the standard thesis of deparliamentarisation outlined in the introductory chapter of this volume, national parliaments have been the ‘victims’ or ‘losers’ of European integration. National governments, and not backbench parliamentarians, represent the member states at the European Union (EU) level, and hence the latter are always disadvantaged vis-à-vis the executive branch. Information is the key factor in these arguments, as the national MPs can practically never have the same level of policy expertise about the issues as representatives of the government. The existing literature has thus painted a fairly bleak picture of the impact of EU on domestic legislatures.

    Item Type: Book Section
    Keywords: National parliaments; European Union; EU; Politics; legislatures; integration;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > Sociology
    Item ID: 2996
    Depositing User: John O'Brennan
    Date Deposited: 19 Jan 2012 15:01
    Publisher: Routledge
    Refereed: Yes

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