National Parliaments and the Eurozone Crisis: Taking Ownership in Difficult Times?

Auel, KatrinORCID: and Höing, Oliver (2015) National Parliaments and the Eurozone Crisis: Taking Ownership in Difficult Times? West European Politics, 38 (2), pp. 375-395. DOI: 10.1080/01402382.2014.990694

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The eurozone crisis suggests a significant reinforcement of executive dominance in EU policy-making. Opaque emergency decisions taken at European summits as well as treaties established outside of the EU legal framework facilitate the side-lining of democratically elected chambers. This development entails the risk of a new wave of de-parliamentarisation in EU policy-making. An effective scrutiny of crisis management by national parliaments is, however, indispensable for taking national ownership of the reforms in the Economic and Monetary Union (EMU). This paper investigates national parliaments’ involvement in the development of instruments to combat the crisis. Based on a quantitative dataset of crisis-related parliamentary activities in 2010–2012, the article observes a very uneven engagement in the scrutiny of crisis management. Institutional prerogatives in EU affairs as well as macro-economic factors can partly explain the observed variation. Surprisingly, however, crisis-related parliamentary activity is not a reaction to Eurosceptic attitudes either in parliament or among the public. (author's abstract)

Item Type: Article in Academic Journal
Date Deposited: 20 May 2015 10:28
Last Modified: 30 Apr 2019 09:17
DOI: 10.1080/01402382.2014.990694
ISSN: 0140-2382

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