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National Parliaments in the European Union: Are There Any Benefits to Integration?

Duina, Francesco and Oliver, Michael J. (2005). National Parliaments in the European Union: Are There Any Benefits to Integration? European Law Journal, 11(2) pp. 173–195.

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Scholars and observers alike agree that the European Union has weakened national parliaments. This article posits that such a view, while generally accurate, ignores ways in which the EU has helped national parliaments in their function as regulators of society. It identifies two key mechanisms: precedent setting and policy transfer. First, the EU has produced laws on topics considered beyond the traditional remit of national parliaments. The EU’s intervention has justified the production of unprecedented domestic laws that go well beyond the incorporation of EU principles. This has expanded the legislative reach of national parliaments. The article considers the experiences of Italy and The Netherlands in the area of antitrust. Second, the EU has fostered an environment conducive to cross-national lesson drawing. The resulting knowledge has helped the design of more effective domestic legislative frameworks. This has confirmed the viability of national parliaments as regulatory institutions. The article examines the Open Method of Co-ordination and its application to the areas of employment and social inclusion. It concludes with a discussion of parliaments in future Member States and in Mercosur.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2005 Blackwell Publishing Ltd.
ISSN: 1468-0386
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Business and Law (FBL) > Business > Department for Accounting and Finance
Faculty of Business and Law (FBL) > Business
Faculty of Business and Law (FBL)
Item ID: 60089
Depositing User: Michael Oliver
Date Deposited: 27 Mar 2019 09:33
Last Modified: 29 Mar 2019 12:47
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