Introduction: Connecting with the Electorate? Parliamentary Communication in EU Affairs

Auel, KatrinORCID: and Raunio, Tapio (2014) Introduction: Connecting with the Electorate? Parliamentary Communication in EU Affairs. Special Issue of the Journal of Legislative Studies, 20 (1), pp. 1-12. DOI: 10.1080/13572334.2013.871481

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ational parliaments have often been described as latecomers to European integration, but there is little doubt that they have developed the institutional means to become more involved over the last few years – and especially since the Lisbon Treaty. Accordingly, the main focus of the literature has been on this institutional adaptation and thus on the relationship between the parliament and the government in European Union (EU) affairs. Other parliamentary functions, and in particular those that relate to their citizens such as the communication function, by contrast, have been largely neglected. Yet democracy depends on a viable public debate on policy choices and political alternatives to allow citizens to make informed political (electoral) choices and to exercise democratic control. This collection therefore investigates whether, and how, individual members of parliament, political parties, or legislatures as institutions ‘link’ with their electorates in EU politics. This introduction discusses why engaging with the public in EU affairs is – or at least should be – an important aspect of parliamentary work, introduces parliamentary means of communication and assesses parliamentary incentives and disincentives ‘to go public’ in EU politics. (author's abstract)

Item Type: Article in Academic Journal
Keywords: national parliaments, European Union, parliamentary communication, information, media
Date Deposited: 25 Nov 2014 12:13
Last Modified: 06 Jun 2019 13:52
DOI: 10.1080/13572334.2013.871481

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