Democratic Accountability and National Parliaments: Redefining the Impact of Parliamentary Scrutiny in EU Affairs

  title={Democratic Accountability and National Parliaments: Redefining the Impact of Parliamentary Scrutiny in EU Affairs},
  author={Katrin Auel},
  journal={European Economics: Political Economy \& Public Economics eJournal},
  • Katrin Auel
  • Published 10 June 2007
  • Political Science
  • European Economics: Political Economy & Public Economics eJournal
The question of strengths and weaknesses of national parliaments in EU affairs, one of the most salient in the debate on the democratic legitimacy of the EU, is generally answered by assessing formal parliamentary powers which can influence their governments' EU policy. Such an evaluation, however, is flawed: Formal mandating rights are usually incompatible with the overall logic of parliamentary systems, which explains why most national parliaments make very little use of them. Even more… 
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