ISBN : 9780198791621
A critical assessment by eminent legal and political science experts in the field, this book examines the two key factors which have deeply affected the position of national parliaments in European integrations: the entry into force of the Lisbon Treaty and the sovereign debt crisis in the Eurozone. Structured in three parts, the book will address the question, 'Do national parliaments exhibit resilience or resignation in these changed politico-legal and socio-economic circumstances in the EU?' Part I investigates the impact of the aforementioned factors against the theoretical concepts of constitutionalism and democratic legitimacy. Part II evaluates the changing nature of parliamentary functions, and Part III appraises the evolving relationships between national parliaments and national governments, national courts, and EU institutions, in addition to surveying the emerging patterns of interparliamentary cooperation. This interdisciplinary collection yields novel insights into how the deepening of the Economic and Monetary Union and the pursuance of new initiatives for parliamentary action impact the shape and nature of EU democracy.
1 Davor Jancic: The Legacy of an Evolving Polity: Democracy, National Identity, and the Good Functioning of the EU
Part I: European Constitutionalism and Democratic Legitimacy
2 Leonard Besselink: EU Constitutionalism and National Parliaments: Insiders or Outsiders?
3 Peter Lindseth: National Parliaments and Mediated Legitimacy in the EU: Theory and History
4 Cristina Fasone and Nicola Lupo: Constitutional Review and the Powers of National Parliaments in EU Affairs: Erosion or Protection?
5 Julie Smith: National Parliaments and the European Union: A View from Westminster
6 Gavin Barrett: Mind the Gap! The Implications of Comitology and the Open Method of Coordination for National Parliaments
Part II: National Parliaments and the Euro Crisis
7 Ingolf Pernice: Financial Crisis, National Parliaments, and EMU Reform
8 Davor Jancic: Accountability of the European Central Bank in a Deepening EMU
9 Diane Fromage: Executive Accountability to National Parliaments in Post-Crisis EU Affairs: The Persistent Shortcomings in the Council and European Council Oversight
10 Frank Wendler: Parliaments as Arenas of Representation and Public Contestation: Insights from the Eurozone Crisis
11 Aleksandra Maatsch: European Semester Compliance and National Political Party Ownership
Part III: Interparliamentary Cooperation in EU Internal and External Affairs
12 Ian Cooper: The Emerging Order of Interparliamentary Cooperation in the Post-Lisbon EU
13 Karolina Boronska-Hryniewiecka: From the Early Warning System to a 'Green Card' for National Parliaments: Hindering or Accelerating EU Lawmaking?
14 Katarzyna Granat: National Parliaments as Political Safeguards of Federalism: Interparliamentary Cooperation in the EU, the US, and Switzerland
15 Kolja Raube and Jan Wouters: The Many Facets of Parliamentary Involvement and Interaction in EU External Relations: A Multilevel Tale
16 Davor Jancic: EU Law's Grand Scheme on National Parliaments: The Third Yellow Card on Posted Workers and the Way Forward