People and Parliament in the European Union

The power of the European Parliament has been steadily and visibly increasing, but the already low rate of turnout in European elections has declined. This text analyzes these concepts of applicability at the European level.

Author: Jean F.P. Blondel

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People and Parliament in the European Union

The power of the European Parliament has been steadily and visibly increasing in recent years. This arises from EU treaty changes and from the fact that more and more decisions are being made at the European level.

Author: Jean Blondel

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780198293088

Category: Political Science

Page: 287

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The power of the European Parliament has been steadily and visibly increasing in recent years. This arises from EU treaty changes and from the fact that more and more decisions are being made at the European level. At the same time, however, the already low rate of turnout in European elections has actually been declining. This powerful new study examines a seemingly paradoxical situation which has raised deep concern about the democratic deficit in the European Union. The authors analyse the concepts of participation, democracy, and legitimacy and their applicability at the European level and develop a typology of voter participation and abstention in the European context. Combining extensive new data from specially commissioned surveys in all 1994 member states with a searching review of the existing evidence, they provide a comprehensive account of the legitimacy of the European Union and examine the images of the European Parliament, citizens experiences of the 1994 campaign and their perceptions of the parties and the candidates. In an analysis that challenges existing interpretations, the institutional, demographic, and attitudinal sources of participation and abstention are fully explored. The study concludes by considering how participation and democratic representation might be enhanced, acknowledging forthrightly the obstacles and inherent limits that such efforts are likely to face.
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The European Union and the People

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Author: Mette Jolly

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780199213078

Category: Political Science

Page: 261

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The fact that the EU does not have a people means that establishing an EU-wide democracy based on analogies to domestic political systems is likely to lead to a further loss of democratic legitimacy."--BOOK JACKET.
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Parliaments and Parties

This book analyses the European Parliament's relations with the national parliaments of the European Union, in terms of political party interactions, institutional arrangements, and two-way influence.

Author: Roger Morgan

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9781349243877

Category: Political Science

Page: 379

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This book analyses the European Parliament's relations with the national parliaments of the European Union, in terms of political party interactions, institutional arrangements, and two-way influence. Each of the twelve chapters on the member-states of the EU covers three main themes: the links between party-political activity at the European and national levels; the degree of cooperation between the national and the European parliaments; and the extent to which the national legislature is influenced by the EP's resolutions or other communications.
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The Role of Political Parties in the European Union

This book was published as a special issue of the Journal of European Public Policy.

Author: Bjorn Lindberg

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317989332

Category: Political Science

Page: 172

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At the national level, political parties play an important role in making representative democracy work. They help to aggregate and communicate policy preferences, link decision-making between different legislative bodies and hold politicians accountable. In the European Union, however, the electoral connection is weak. This casts doubt on the impact of partisan politics at the European level. Are political parties able to fulfil their role as ‘transmission belts’ ensuring political accountability and consistent decision-making in the European Union? To answer this question we look at the micro foundations of partisan politics in the European Union. The contributions in this volume all depart from a common theoretical framework but use a wide range of empirical data and research designs, covering qualitative process-tracing, elite interview and large-N quantitative analysis. Moreover, they examine party effects in the electoral and legislative arena. Finally, the volume covers all European institutions: the Commission, the Council of the European Union, the European Council and the European Parliament. The findings enhance our understanding of the workings of decision-making in Brussels, add to the debate on the EU democratic deficit, and highlight the usefulness of drawing upon insights from the literature on Comparative Politics when studying the European Union. This book was published as a special issue of the Journal of European Public Policy.
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At Europe s Service

Above all, this book is for everyone who wants to know what a European-level political party looks like, how it is structured and how it acts.

Author: Thomas Jansen

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 3642194141

Category: Science

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The European People's Party, the largest political party in Europe, has roots that run deep in history. Founded in 1976 as a Christian Democratic federation, the European People's Party is now a strong centre-right movement and a leading European political family. It has member parties in almost all European countries, and it is very well represented in the institutions of the European Union. This book tells the story of the European People's Party: why it was founded, how it is currently organised and what its guiding ideas, values and principles are. It gives an up-to-date account of the party's contribution to European integration, its work with its member parties and its central role in organising the centre-right in Europe. Above all, this book is for everyone who wants to know what a European-level political party looks like, how it is structured and how it acts.
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The European Parliament its changing role and the institutional reform in the European Union

Seminar paper from the year 2002 in the subject Politics - International Politics - Topic: European Union, grade: 2,0 (B), University of Twente (School of Business, Public Administration and Technology), course: European Institutions, ...

Author: Kathrin Woltering

Publisher: GRIN Verlag

ISBN: 9783638263993

Category: Political Science

Page: 16

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Seminar paper from the year 2002 in the subject Politics - International Politics - Topic: European Union, grade: 2,0 (B), University of Twente (School of Business, Public Administration and Technology), course: European Institutions, language: English, abstract: Since 1979 the European Community resp. nowadays the European Union is provided with a parliament. From this time on there have been a lot of vehement and controversial discussions mainly concerning the role of this European Parliament (EP) and its legitimacy. Keeping this in mind, before lighting up the details of the institutional reform process - mainly focussing the recent Convention (-Debate) -, I will present the basic principles of constitution, tasks and functioning of the European Parliament. As said in the Treaty of Rome from 1957 the European Parliament represents the people of the Member States of the European Community. Thus “375 million European citizens in 15 countries are now involved in the process of European Integration through their 626 representatives in the European Parliament1” (http://www.europarl.eu.int/presentation/default_en.htm, 30.04.03). In its constituting session on March 21, 1958 the general assembly was named “European Parliament”. Until 1979, every five years the European Parliament is build by direct universal elections. The main tasks of the EP are consultation and supervision; it is also featured with the right to sue to the Court of Justice. The seat of the plenum of the EP is in Strasbourg – supplementary the Committees hold their meetings in Brussels, the General Secretariat remained in Luxembourg. The tasks of the EP are composed of the general legislative power, the constitutional right to decide on the budget, the right of control and interaction. To explain this aspects more detailed: · The general legislative power: The Parliament grew from a kind of forum to a shaping actor (cp. Schmuck 1994: p.22). By dint of the so called isoglucose case the European Parliament was given a “very useful delaying power” (Nugent 2001:p.207). [...] 1 Germany: 99; Great Britain, France and Italy: 87 each; Spain: 64; the Netherlands: 31; Belgium, Greece, Portugal: 25 each; Sweden: 22; Austria: 21; Denmark and Finland: 16 each; Ireland: 15; Luxembourg: 5 (Art. 190 ECT).
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Members of the European Parliament Online

This is especially significant for politics on the EU level, which embraces an electoral body of 375 million citizens.

Author: Lucia Vesnic-Alujevic

Publisher: Wilfried Martens Centre for European Studies

ISBN: 9782930632230

Category: Political Science

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Download PDF for free from: http://martenscentre.eu/publications/members-european-parliament-online-use-social-media-political-marketing The appearance of political marketing and campaigning on social media is a relatively new phenomenon, whose major advantages are seen in the rapid transportation of information through the Internet and the possibilities for large numbers of people to connect. This is especially significant for politics on the EU level, which embraces an electoral body of 375 million citizens. Despite the fact that not everyone uses the Internet in Europe, the percentage of those who do is considered to be high enough for its application in politics. In the context of the European Parliament and the constant fall in voter turnout, but also the growing use of Internet in the society, especially electoral campaigns, the goal of this paper is to examine the connection between European politics, Members of the European Parliament and the use of social media, and to give suggestions on how the use of social media in political marketing could be further advanced.
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Political Communication in European Parliamentary Elections

Written by a leading team of internationally-distinguished political communication scholars, this book offers the most comprehensive account on comparative political communication research in the context of European Parliamentary elections ...

Author: Michaela Maier

Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.

ISBN: 9781409411338

Category: Business & Economics

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Written by a leading team of internationally-distinguished political communication scholars, this book offers the most comprehensive account on comparative political communication research in the context of European Parliamentary elections currently available.
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Democracy and Lobbying in the European Union

This timely volume explores how the power of interest groups has developed due to the growing distance between elected representatives and the European people and forecasts what this development might mean for the vitality of government.

Author: Karolina Karr

Publisher: Campus Verlag

ISBN: 9783593384122

Category: Political Science

Page: 208

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Can interest groups and lobbyists—arguably undemocratic institutions—operate in democratic systems without hindering the people’s interests? Karolina Karr’s Democracy and Lobbying in the European Union explores the role and potential impact of interest groups on democracy, both in theory and practice, in the context of a changing continent. This timely volume explores how the power of interest groups has developed due to the growing distance between elected representatives and the European people and forecasts what this development might mean for the vitality of government.
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European Democracy as Demoi cracy

This book was originally published as a special issue of the Journal of European Public Policy.

Author: Francis Cheneval

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317512790

Category: Political Science

Page: 160

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Whereas ‘democracy’ assumes a single demos or people, ‘demoi-cracy’ refers to democratic government and governance in a polity constituted by separate peoples. Since the European Union consists of many demoi with different collective identities, largely separate public spheres, and a predominantly national political infrastructure, demoi-cracy is an appropriate standard for the analysis and evaluation of democracy in the EU. In its vertical dimension, demoi-cracy is based on the equality and interaction of citizens’ and statespeoples’ representatives in the making of common policies. Horizontally, it seeks to balance equal transnational rights of citizens with national policy-making autonomy. This volume offers exemplary studies exploring the potential for and the workings of demoi-cracy in the EU across a broad range of institutions and issues in both its vertical and horizontal dimensions. In particular, the contributions address the following questions: Is demoi-cracy relevant to citizen attitudes and public discourse on the EU’s legitimacy? How do national and supranational democratic institutions interact? Do the EU’s modes of governance, such as regulation through agencies, mutual recognition, and the open method of coordination, meet demoi-cratic expectations? This book was originally published as a special issue of the Journal of European Public Policy.
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Political Parties in the European Union

Political Parties in the European Union provides a comprehensive assessment of the importance of party politics to the functioning of the European Union which the authors argue has frequently been underestimated.

Author: Simon Hix

Publisher: Macmillan International Higher Education

ISBN: 9781349255603

Category: European Union

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Political Parties in the European Union provides a comprehensive assessment of the importance of party politics to the functioning of the European Union which the authors argue has frequently been underestimated. Incorporating much new research material it covers not only the transnational party groups in the European Parliament but also the participants in the European Council and Council of Ministers who, the authors remind us, are not just representatives of 'national interests' but also party politicians.
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Europe s Elected Parliament

Julie Smith traces the rising influence of the European Parliament over EU policy-making in the 20 years since it was first elected, the extension if its authority through successive Inter-governmental Conferences, and the ambiguities which ...

Author: Julie Smith

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 1850759995

Category: Political Science

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'An invaluable survey of the origins and development of the European Parliament, and of its uncertain role in narrowing the gap between European institutions and voters. Julie Smith traces the rising influence of the European Parliament over EU policy-making in the 20 years since it was first elected, the extension if its authority through successive Inter-governmental Conferences, and the ambiguities which nevertheless persist over its legitimacy as representing 'the people' in its dialogue with the Commission and Council.' WILLIAM WALLACE 'Julie Smith places the fifth direct elections to the European Parliament in the broader context of the EU's development. She examines the arguments and debates which surrounded the creation and evolution of a unique institution, considers the effects which direct elections have had - not always those expected - and the growing relations between EP political groups and national parties. She argues that national politicians should more openly acknowledge the shift in the balance of powers which European integration has caused.' MARTIN WESTLAKE This title is published in conjunction with UACES, the University Association for Contemporary European Studies. UACES web site can be found at www.uaces.org
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Does an enlargement of the European Union inhibit the party establishment of a European party system Case study of Turkey

Seminar paper from the year 2007 in the subject Politics - International Politics - Topic: European Union, grade: 2,0, University of Twente (Political Institute ), 26 entries in the bibliography, language: English, abstract: 1.

Author: Daniel Schmidt

Publisher: GRIN Verlag

ISBN: 9783638050579

Category: Political Science

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Seminar paper from the year 2007 in the subject Politics - International Politics - Topic: European Union, grade: 2,0, University of Twente (Political Institute ), 26 entries in the bibliography, language: English, abstract: 1. Introduction The European Union (EU) has been a very heterogeneous building since the start. The difficult task is forming a party system which fits the different national parties in coalitions that are able to produce results. With the now 25 members this seems even more problematic, since the states of Eastern Europe have a tradition that differs significantly from the countries in Northern and Western Europe. It is, therefore, necessary to prove if party cohesion on the European level exists. If members of European Parliament (EP) would only vote on national interest, party coalitions would not serve their purpose. There needs to be cohesion towards the coalition in order to establish real European elections instead of second order national elections. In order to achieve this it is also necessary to be able to have a public opinion that can be organized into majorities (Beetham/Lord, 2001:77). The questions, therefore, remain if the EU is able to establish even more members in its middle. It might be the case that new members would decline the party cohesion even further and that would make It even more difficult to establish true European elections. In this paper, special emphasis will be on the role of Turkey and the adoptability into the party system. The leading hypotheses will be that the cleavages lines which are important for Turkish voters are too different in order to adopt to leading European ideas. A sup-question is also if the Eastern European countries have yet performed this step. The paper will start with a normative frame that points out how an ideal democracy could work on the European level. Because of shortage of space this can not be discussed in total depth, but the presented ideas will serve as a framework. After the theoretical part, the focus will be on the European system as it works today. Special emphasis will be on the party coalitions and their impact on the voting behaviour of members of parliament (MEP). It is essential to describe why national parties have agreed to work together and what political solutions they prefer. Since there are seven coalitions in the EP today, not all can be fully analysed. Therefore, the two biggest groups (EVP-ED and SPE) will mainly be the focus, since they hold over 60% of the seats. The next part will analyse the Turkish system and what kind of issues are deciding for Turkish voters. The history of democracy will be the starting point of this analysis before the present situation will be the focus. The conclusion will, therefore, be based on the question if Turkey’s party system can adapt to the EU, and, thus, the entry of Turkey into the EU is feasible taking these conditions into account.
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Parliamentary Diplomacy in European and Global Governance

Parliamentary Diplomacy in European and Global Governance offers a detailed interdisciplinary study of a new global phenomenon: the rise and impact of parliamentary diplomacy in European, regional and world affairs.

Author: Stelios Stavridis

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9789004336346

Category: Political Science

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Parliamentary Diplomacy in European and Global Governance offers a detailed interdisciplinary study of a new global phenomenon: the rise and impact of parliamentary diplomacy in European, regional and world affairs.
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Denmark and the European Union

This book offers an accessible, coherent and comprehensive analysis of the recent, contemporary and future challenges and possibilities facing Denmark in the European integration process.

Author: Lee Miles

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781135103255

Category: Political Science

Page: 280

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This book offers an accessible, coherent and comprehensive analysis of the recent, contemporary and future challenges and possibilities facing Denmark in the European integration process. The book traces the formal as well as the informal ways of influence and adaptation in Denmark’s relations with the European Union. In doing so, it also offers a contribution to our understanding of Europe as a differentiated political arena. Topics covered include: Identifying the challenges and opportunities of Danish EU membership, via the policies pursued by Denmark in Europe. The ways in which Denmark adapts to the European integration process . Consequences of EU integration for citizen rights, democracy, policy coordination and implementation efficiency. Denmark and the European Union will be of interest to students and scholars of European Union and integration politics.
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Policy making in the European Union

A wide range of crucial and illustrative policies are then explored in detail by subject experts. This volume includes new chapters on ways of analyzing the EU's policy process and on energy policy.

Author: Helen S. Wallace

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 9780199544820

Category: Political Science

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"The policies of the European Union profoundly affect the lives of people in Europe and around the world. The new edition of this highly successful textbook outlines how and why such decisions are made, as well as the key challenges faced by policy-makers in the current political and economic climate. Policy-Making in the European Union begins by clarifying the institutional framework of the EU and the analytical approaches used to understand it. A wide range of crucial and illustrative policies are then explored in detail by subject experts. This volume includes new chapters on ways of analyzing the EU's policy process and on energy policy. A central theme to the volume is how the recent expansion to twenty-seven member states has affected policy-making across the different policy sectors. The conclusion reflects on how this challenge and the protracted constitutional stalemate have affected policy-making in the EU. It also explores the impact of the financial and economic crises that have struck Europe over the past several years. The sixth edition is fully up-to-date, and is the ideal text for all those with an interest in the policy-making of the European Union"--Provided by publisher.
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