Parliamentary accountability in multilevel governance: what role for parliaments in post-crisis EU economic governance?

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  • ELG
Category: article
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Year: 2017
In journal: Journal of European Public Policy

How has the new structure of European Union (EU) economic governance affected the ability of parliaments (national and European) to scrutinize and control economic policy? Departing from the premise that executive power needs to be matched by appropriate parliamentary control, this contribution argues that parliamentary powers have been compromised in EU economic governance. Although budgetary powers remain formally at the national level, governments’ decisions have become constrained and national parliaments find themselves on the losing side of a reinforced two-level game. This loss in parliamentary powers is not compensated at the European level, as at that level political authority is effectively left suspended between the national governments, who are unaccountable as a collective, and the European Commission, which lacks a political mandate of its own. Against this background, a final section identifies guidelines for organizing parliamentary accountability in settings, like EU economic governance, in which executive power has come to be shared across levels.

Crum, Ben Parliamentary accountability in multilevel governance: what role for parliaments in post-crisis EU economic governance? Journal of European Public Policy - EU Socio-Economic Governance since the Crisis: The European Semester in Theory and Practice (special issue edited by Amy Verdun and Jonathan Zeitlin), doi/10.1080/13501763.2017.1363270

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