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.
`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
Number Of Pages: 294
Published: 1st September 1999
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.3 x 14.6
Weight (kg): 0.46