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Building Europe's Parliament: Democratic Representation Beyond the Nation State

Berthold Rittberger


Why have national governments of EU member states created and, over the past fifty years, successively endowed the European Parliament with supervisory, budgetary, and legislative powers? This book presents a three-staged argument to explain how the European Parliament acquired this power ‘trias’. First, it is argued that the construction of a supranational polity induces political elites in the member states to reflect on the implications posed by transfers of national sovereignty for domestic processes of democratic accountability and interest representation. It is shown empirically that the ... More

Keywords: constitution building, democracy, democratic theory, European Integration, European Parliament, European Union, integration theory, intergovernmental conferences, legitimacy, neo-institutionalism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2005 Print ISBN-13: 9780199273423
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2005 DOI:10.1093/0199273421.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Berthold Rittberger, author
Prize Research Fellow, Nuffield College, University of Oxford
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