ECPR Panel: National Parliaments in the EU: Between Exercising Control and Distributing Information?

WP 3 – Representation and Institutional Make-up

WP 3 events

Reykjavik, 25-27 August 2011

Call for papers

Paper proposals are invited for a panel on ‘National parliaments in the EU: between exercising control and distributing information?’, chaired by Johannes Pollak and Jürgen Neyer. The panel is one of seven panels of a conference section on ‘Reconstituting Democracy in Europe’ at the 6th ECPR General Conference at the University of Iceland, Reykjavik, 25-27 August 2011.

Deadline for paper proposals: 1 February 2011

For further details, please see the Reykjavik 2011 conference page.

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Panel abstract: National Parliaments in the EU: Between Exercising Control and Distributing Information?

Panel chair: Johannes Pollak (Institute for Advanced Studies/Webster University)

Co-chair: Jürgen Neyer (European University Viadrina)

Discussant: Christopher Lord (ARENA, University of Oslo)

After several years of intensive discussion about the EU’s primary law reform, the Treaty of Lisbon entered into force in 2009. The role national parliaments are awarded by this treaty is hailed as a major contribution to the democratization of the EU. The debate between scholars arguing that the EU suffers from a major deparliamentarisation and the ones seeing the EU as a trigger for new parliamentary rights seems to have tilted towards the latter. Concepts like horizontal parliamentarisation and parliamentary field are pointing to a new age of democracy in the EU. But is this confirmed by the daily parliamentary practice?

This panel wants to analyse the explanatory power of the democratisation claim by (1) studying the role of national parliaments after Lisbon in a comparative way and (2) by asking which functions of national parliaments are strengthened/weakened in the course of integration. So far most analyses of the role of national parliaments focus on black letter law. i.e. the rights parliaments have gained during the integration process. How parliaments are using those rights, if they are able and willing to use them is far less known. Furthermore, do they concentrate on their legislative function by trying to mandate the government for its negotiations at the supranational level or by influencing the domestic decision-making process in other ways? Or do they emphasize their communication function, i.e. the distribution of information in the electorate?


Section: Reconstituting Democracy in Europe

Section chair: Hans-Jörg Trenz (ARENA, University of Oslo)

The purpose of the section is to examine from a range of perspectives the possible need to (re-)conceive of democracy under conditions of pluralism, diversity and complex multilevel governance. In this sense the focus is on the emerging EU-polity and its interaction with national and regional/local levels of government. The section thus invites theoretical and substantive contributions that respond to current trends and challenges in the transformation of democracy in Europe.