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The European Parliament, the national parliaments, and European integration [electronic resource] /
edited by Richard S. Katz and Bernhard Wessels.
imprint
Oxford, UK. ; New York : Oxford University Press, c1999.
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xiv, 278 p.
ISBN
0198296606, 9780198296607
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Oxford, UK. ; New York : Oxford University Press, c1999.
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0198296606
9780198296607
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7913623
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 2000-07-01:
This is one of two companion volumes resulting from the European Representation Study; the other is Political Representation and Legitimacy in the European Union (1999), ed. by Hermann Schmitt and Jacques Thomassen. Here, Katz (Johns Hopkins) and Wessels (Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin f"ur Sozialforschung) have assembled strong contributions that examine parliaments at the European level and in 11 member states. The individual papers are unified by a theoretical focus on parliamentarianism and by an empirical grounding in the surveys and interviews of the European Representation Study: the European Election Study 1994, the European Candidates Study 1994, the Study of Members of the European Parliament 1996, and the European Members of Parliament Study 1996. As this list suggests, the book examines questions of European integration from the perspective of members of the European Parliament and of members of national parliaments. Though somewhat detailed for general readers, the essays consider popular questions such as the role of parliament, multilevel governance, and institutional ways to address the democratic deficit. This strong and comprehensive volume is recommended for graduate, research and professional collections. W. Maas; Yale University
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'This strong and comprehensive volume is recommended for graduate, research and professional collections.'W. Maas, Choice. Vol.37, No.11/12.
'This strong and comprehensive volume is recommended for graduate,research and professional collections.'W. Maas, Choice. Vol.37, No.11/12.
Bernhard Wessels and Richard S. Katz: Introduction: European Parliament, National Parliament, and European Integration Part I: Role of Parliaments and Parliamentarians 2. Richard S. Katz: Representation, the Locus of Democratic Legitimation, and the Role f the National Parliaments in the European Union 3. Mark N. Franklin and Susan E. Scarrow: Making Europeans? The Socializing Power of the European Parliament 4. Richard S. Katz: Role Orientations in Parliaments 5. Pippa Norris: Recruitment into the European Parliament Part II: Linkages 6. Berhard Wessels: European Parliament and Interest Groups 7. Jacques Thomassen and Hermann Schmitt: Partisan Structures in the European Parliament
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European integration is progressing at a rapid rate, accompanied by a debate about the institutional shape and legitimacy of the new political order. This book explores parliamentary involvement in the emerging European political system.
Long Description
European integration is progressing at an even more rapid rate. Accompanying this progress is an increasing debate about the institutional shape and legitimacy of this new political order. This debate is driven in part by conflicting values, and in part by uncertainty. This book addresses the question of parliamentary involvement in the emerging European political system by looking at both national and European levels of parliamentary representation. In doing this, it gives greater attention to the role of national parliaments than is usual in discussions about democracy in the European Union. Based on interviews and surveys among members of parliament at the European level, and in eleven member states, it analyses the role of parliaments and parliamentarians, the linkages between national citizenry and the European level, and the problems and perspectives of institutional change. The book is provides analyses of the views from within concerning European integration and concentrates of three dimensions: the MPs themselves; their embeddedness in the process; and their perspectives on institutional structures. These views from within offer new insights and answers to institutional problems in the European Union and the so-called democratic deficit.
Long Description
This book examines the major problems and prospects of the ongoing process of European integration by focusing on the role of the European and national parliaments and their members. Using surveys among members of parliament at the European level and in eleven member states, it offers a "view from within" and new insight and answers to institutional problems in the European Union and the so-called democratic deficit.
Main Description
European integration is progressing at an even more rapid rate. Accompanying this progress is an increasing debate about the institutional shape and legitimacy of this new political order. This debate is driven in part by conflicting values, and in part by uncertainty. This book addresses thequestion of parliamentary involvement in the emerging European political system by looking at both national and European levels of parliamentary representation. In doing this, it gives greater attention to the role of national parliaments than is usual in discussions about democracy in the EuropeanUnion. Based on interviews and surveys among members of parliament at the European level, and in eleven member states, it analyses the role of parliaments and parliamentarians, the linkages between national citizenry and the European level, and the problems and perspectives of institutional change. Thebook is provides analyses of the views from within concerning European integration and concentrates of three dimensions: the MPs themselves; their embeddedness in the process; and their perspectives on institutional structures. These views from within offer new insights and answers to institutionalproblems in the European Union and the so-called democratic deficit.
Table of Contents
Introduction: European Parliament, National Parliament, and European Integration
Role of Parliaments and Parliamentarians
Representation, the Locus of Democratic Legitimation, and the Role f the National Parliaments in the European Union
Making Europeans? The Socializing Power of the European Parliament
Role Orientations in Parliaments
Recruitment into the European Parliament
Linkages
European Parliament and Interest Groups
Partisan Structures in the European Parliament
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