Mid-Term Evaluation of the 2009-14 European Parliament: Legislative Activity and Decision-Making Dynamics

CEPS Special Report, July 2012

15 Pages Posted: 27 Jul 2012

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Lukas Obholzer

London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE)

Doru Frantescu

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Sara Hagemann

London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE)

Simon Hix

London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE) - Department of Government

Date Written: July 23, 2012

Abstract

This special report analyses legislative activity in the European Union and coalition formation in the European Parliament (EP) during the first half of the 7th legislative term, 2009-14. Co-decision is now the ordinary legislative procedure, not by name only: it was deployed on 90% of new proposals in 2010 and 86% in 2011, which suggests that the EP is now more influential than ever.

There are differences in the degree of empowerment across committees, however. This report looks at the legislative workload of selected committees as an indicator of change in their influence, identifying which of them won and which lost out in terms of the quantity and type of legislation they tackle.

Keywords: European Union, European Parliament, co-decision, legislative activity, legislation, EP committees

Suggested Citation

Obholzer, Lukas and Frantescu, Doru and Hagemann, Sara and Hix, Simon, Mid-Term Evaluation of the 2009-14 European Parliament: Legislative Activity and Decision-Making Dynamics (July 23, 2012). CEPS Special Report, July 2012. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2117746

Lukas Obholzer (Contact Author)

London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE) ( email )

Houghton Street
London, WC2A 2AE
United Kingdom

Doru Frantescu

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Sara Hagemann

London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE) ( email )

Houghton Street
London, WC2A 2AE
United Kingdom

Simon Hix

London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE) - Department of Government ( email )

Northampton NN7 1NE
United Kingdom

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