The Institutional Integration of an Expanded EU: or How 'New' European Actors Fit into 'Old ' European Institutions

Kreppel, Amie and Gungor, Gaye (March 2006) The Institutional Integration of an Expanded EU: or How 'New' European Actors Fit into 'Old ' European Institutions. IHS Political Science Series 108

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Abstract: This paper investigates the potential impact of the recent enlargement of the European Union to Central and Eastern Europe on the internal organization structure and functioning of the European Parliament. The analysis focuses on the differing cultures of political and partisan activity in the new member states in comparison to both the member-states in Western Europe and the European Parliament itself. Although the research presented is preliminary in nature, it suggests that the absorption of members from new member states into the existing supranational party structures may be difficult due to the variations in ideological perspectives and norms of internal party organization between East and West. There are, however, other aspects of the EP that may facilitate the integration of new members from the East into the EP as a whole. In particular, this research highlights the weakness of the national party systems and subsequent development of independent parliaments with strong and active committees in the enlargement countries. Both of these developments have led to a comparatively high level of independent legislative influence for both committees and rank-and-file members. In many ways this is similar to the situation in the EP (albeit for different reasons). This may ease the entry of the new members into the EP, while at the same time hindering their full integration within the more structured supranational party groups.;

Item Type: IHS Series
Keywords: 'Europäisches Parlament' 'Osterweiterung' 'Parlamentarische Systeme' 'Parteiorganisation in Ost- und Westeuropa' 'Parteikohäsion' 'Komitees' 'European Parliament' 'Eastern Enlargement' 'Parliamentary Systems' 'Internal Party Organization in East and West Europe' 'Party Cohesion' 'Committee System'
Status: Published
Date Deposited: 26 Sep 2014 10:38
Last Modified: 21 Jul 2017 19:54
URI: http://irihs.ihs.ac.at/id/eprint/1699

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