Introduction: European Parliament, National Parliaments, and European Integration

Bernhard Wessels and Richard S. Katz

in The European Parliament, National Parliaments, and European Integration

Published in print June 1999 | ISBN: 9780198296607
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191599620 | DOI:
 Introduction: European Parliament, National Parliaments, and European Integration

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The process of European integration has challenged the sovereignty and the legitimizing mechanisms of the nation‐state without compensating with comparable democratic mechanisms at the European level. If the emerging political order is to qualify as democratic, parliaments as representative institutions will have to play a central role, and thus the prospects of national parliaments as well as of the European Parliament must be kept in focus. The responsible party model for linking European level politics with nation‐states’ people points towards a federative structure based on majority rule and territorial representation, but this is complicated by the fact that majority rule seems only to legitimate within a singular demos. The other principal alternative is the associative or corporatistic form of bargaining democracy, which may make a claim to legitimacy based on the outcomes delivered. The following chapters will consider the prospects of European integration through the interplay among the institutions and individuals involved in the process.

Keywords: corporatistic democracy; European integration; European Parliament; national parliaments; responsible party model

Chapter.  5781 words. 

Subjects: European Union

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