Empowerment of the European Parliament

Posted: 15 May 2013

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Simon Hix

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

Bjorn Hoyland

University of Oslo - Department of Political Science

Date Written: May 2013

Abstract

One of the most remarkable democratic developments in Europe in recent decades has been the empowerment of the only directly elected supranational assembly in the world: the European Parliament (EP). We first review the development of the legislative powers of the EP vis-à-vis the other European Union (EU) institutions, discussing the theoretical models of the power of the EP and the main empirical methods that have been used to evaluate these models. We then turn to the impact of the growing power of the EP on political organization and behavior inside the legislature. We demonstrate that the “electoral connection” is weak and discuss what this means for understanding legislative politics in the EP. The concluding section demonstrates differences in behavior across policy areas, which have received scant attention, and suggests avenues for further research.

Suggested Citation

Hix, Simon and Hoyland, Bjorn, Empowerment of the European Parliament (May 2013). Annual Review of Political Science, Vol. 16, pp. 171-189, 2013. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2265154 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1146/annurev-polisci-032311-110735

Simon Hix (Contact Author)

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

Northampton NN7 1NE
United Kingdom

Bjorn Hoyland

University of Oslo - Department of Political Science ( email )

PO Box 6706 St Olavs plass
Oslo, N-0317
Norway

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