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<b>The Empowerment of the European Parliament: Lessons from the New Institutionalism and Democratic Theory</b>

Berthold Rittberger

in Building Europe's Parliament

Published in print March 2005 | ISBN: 9780199273423
Published online July 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780191602764 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199273421.003.0002
 							The Empowerment of the European Parliament: Lessons from the New Institutionalism and Democratic Theory

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Reviews the new institutionalist literature on institution-building and derives expectations based on rational choice and sociological institutionalism for explaining the empowerment of the European Parliament. Since concerns about ‘democratic legitimacy’ are cited frequently in the literature on European integration as ad hoc-explanations for the empowerment of the European Parliament, this chapter will also turn to work on the ‘democratic deficit’ and inquire whether this literature offers any cues to improve our understanding of the existence and empowerment of the European Parliament.

Keywords: democratic theory; neo-institutionalism; rational choice institutionalism; sociological institutionalism

Chapter.  8651 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: European Union

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