How political parties, rather than member-states, are building the European Union

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in Bernard Steunenberg ed. Widening the European Union. The Politics of Institutional Change and Reform. London and New York: Routledge. 2002
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dc.contributor.author Colomer, Josep M.
dc.contributor.other Universitat Pompeu Fabra. Departament d'Economia i Empresa
dc.date.issued 2000-07-01
dc.identifier.citation in Bernard Steunenberg ed. Widening the European Union. The Politics of Institutional Change and Reform. London and New York: Routledge. 2002
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10230/603
dc.description.abstract Political party formation and coalition building in the European Parliament is being a driving force for making governance of the highly pluralistic European Union relatively effective and consensual. In spite of successive enlargements and the very high number of electoral parties obtaining representation in the European Union institutions, the number of effective European Political Groups in the European Parliament has decreased from the first direct election in 1979 to the fifth in 1999. The formal analysis of national party¹s voting power in different European party configurations can explain the incentives for national parties to join large European Political Groups instead of forming smaller nationalistic groupings. Empirical evidence shows increasing cohesion of European Political Groups and an increasing role of the European Parliament in EU inter- institutional decision making. As a consequence of this evolution, intergovernmentalism is being replaced with federalizing relations. The analysis can support positive expectations regarding the governability of the European Union after further enlargements provided that new member states have party systems fitting the European Political Groups.
dc.language.iso eng
dc.relation.ispartofseries Economics and Business Working Papers Series; 489
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dc.title How political parties, rather than member-states, are building the European Union
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/workingPaper
dc.date.modified 2014-06-03T07:14:02Z
dc.subject.keyword Labour, Public, Development and Health Economics
dc.subject.keyword political parties
dc.subject.keyword coalitions
dc.subject.keyword power indices
dc.subject.keyword political institutions
dc.subject.keyword european union
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