Debating the State of the Union? Comparing Parliamentary Debates on EU Issues in Finland, France, Germany and the United Kingdom

Auel, Katrin and Raunio, Tapio (2014) Debating the State of the Union? Comparing Parliamentary Debates on EU Issues in Finland, France, Germany and the United Kingdom. Special Issue of the Journal of Legislative Studies, 20 (1), pp. 13-28.

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Over the last 20 years, the role of national parliaments in European Union (EU) affairs has gained considerable academic attention. Much of the literature has focused on the parliamentary control function and shown that national parliaments are no longer docile lambs willing to be led to the European slaughtering block, but exercise tighter scrutiny of their governments in EU affairs. What tends to be overlooked, however, is that the parliamentary communication function is at least as important in EU politics. Yet while the literature has discussed reasons why members of parliament or political parties may prefer to ‘depoliticise’ European issues by conducting their EU business away from the prying eye of the public, so far we have little empirical data on how parliaments communicate EU politics. This study will therefore provide a comparative analysis of parliamentary debates on EU issues in the UK, Finland, Germany and France. (author's abstract)

Item Type: Article in Academic Journal
Keywords: national parliaments, European Union, plenary debates, Finland, France, Germany, United Kingdom.
Research Groups: European Integration
Status: Published
Date Deposited: 25 Nov 2014 12:14
Last Modified: 01 Apr 2016 14:15
URI: http://irihs.ihs.ac.at/id/eprint/2434

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