Parliaments, Public Opinion and Parliamentary Elections in Europe

112 Pages Posted: 29 Oct 2015 Last revised: 14 May 2016

Cristina Fasone

LUISS Guido Carli; European University Institute, Law Department

Diane Fromage

Utrecht University

Zoe Lefkofridi

University of Salzburg - Department of Political Science; European University Institute - Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies (RSCAS)

Date Written: 2015

Abstract

The contributions collected in this Max Weber Working Papers Special Issue were first delivered at a conference held at the European University Institute and jointly organised by the Max Weber Programme for Postdoctoral Studies and the Robert Schuman Centre of Advanced Studies in March 2015 on ‘Parliaments and parliamentary elections in Europe’. Following the transformations undertaken by the European and national parliaments after the Treaty of Lisbon, the 2014 European elections, the unprecedented politicization and the challenges posed to representative democracy by the Eurozone crisis, the Special Issue aims to investigate three intertwined themes. (I) Parliamentary representation: European and national at the same time?; (II) national parliaments in EU policymaking; and (III) dynamics of Euroscepticism and its effects on law-making. In particular the papers deal with the ability of parliaments to democratically represent people in the European Union today and to affect the European integration process, with the asymmetric involvement of national parliaments in the EU, their dynamics of cooperation as well as between them and the European Parliament, and finally, with the implications on EU democratic legitimacy of recent developments regarding parliamentary input provided at a very early stage of the European policymaking. Other issues, such as transposition and the representation of eurosceptics in the European Parliament are also dealt with.

Keywords: Eurozone crisis; Political representation; National parliaments; European parliament; Spitzenkandidaten

Suggested Citation

Fasone, Cristina and Fromage, Diane and Lefkofridi, Zoe, Parliaments, Public Opinion and Parliamentary Elections in Europe (2015). EUI Department of Law Research Paper No. 2015/18. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2682925 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2682925

Cristina Fasone (Contact Author)

LUISS Guido Carli ( email )

Department of Political Science
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Rome, 00197
Italy

European University Institute, Law Department ( email )

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I-50122 Firenze
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Diane Fromage

Utrecht University ( email )

3508 TC Utrecht
Utrecht
Netherlands

Zoe Lefkofridi

University of Salzburg - Department of Political Science ( email )

Rudolfskai 42
Salzburg, A-5020
Austria

European University Institute - Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies (RSCAS) ( email )

Villa La Fonte, via delle Fontanelle 18
50016 San Domenico di Fiesole
Florence, Florence 50014
Italy

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