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National Parliamentary Involvement in EU Policy-Making: Questions, Resolutions, and Transposition

Perez, Lauren K. (2017) National Parliamentary Involvement in EU Policy-Making: Questions, Resolutions, and Transposition. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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This dissertation analyzes how and why national parliaments get involved in policy-making at the EU level. It uses mixed methods to study which tools parliaments use to affect EU policies in certain situations and how these patterns vary across parliaments. I conceive of parliaments and their members as having a ‘parliamentary toolbox’, which contains the different methods of influence that parliaments have over their ministers, national legislation, and now European policy-making. Parliaments vary in the strength of each of the tools available to them and in the political context and situations they face. I show that these differences lead different parliaments to use different tools and strategies to gain influence. In particular, I argue that the there are three main characteristics that distinguish one parliamentary tool from another. These are how institutionalized and formal it is, how public it is, and the number or type of actors required to use it. For example, involvement in transposition is much more institutionalized and formal than the subject matter of questions or resolutions, so parliaments that are relatively strong as compared to their governments and are in a better position to push for procedural changes are the ones that are most likely to use this tool. Resolutions and questions are more public, so they are more likely to be used in situations where there is high public Euroskepticism. Since questions are an individual tool, they are more likely to be used when parties are internally divided about EU politics.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Perez, Lauren K.laurenkperez@gmail.comlkp130000-0001-9222-2185
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairPeters, B.
Committee MemberHays,
Committee MemberKeeler,
Committee MemberMorgenstern,
Date: 27 January 2017
Date Type: Publication
Defense Date: 24 August 2016
Approval Date: 27 January 2017
Submission Date: 17 November 2016
Access Restriction: 5 year -- Restrict access to University of Pittsburgh for a period of 5 years.
Number of Pages: 224
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences > Political Science
Degree: PhD - Doctor of Philosophy
Thesis Type: Doctoral Dissertation
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: European Union, National Parliaments, Legislative Tools, European Politics
Date Deposited: 27 Jan 2017 20:01
Last Modified: 27 Jan 2022 06:15


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