Is the Council Becoming an Upper House?

Jeffrey Lewis

in The State of the European Union Vol. 7

Published in print August 2005 | ISBN: 9780199283958
Published online February 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780191603297 | DOI:
Is the Council Becoming an Upper House?

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The EU’s Council of Ministers increasingly resembles an upper legislative house in a bicameral system more than any international organization. But the EU still gives far more power to territorially-based interests at the Council level than do federal systems in the US or Germany. The Council also blurs legislative and executive powers in a unique way, and this ambiguity is not getting any clearer — the Council increasingly exhibits some common legislative dynamics, but is also maintaining traditions as a consensus-oriented diplomatic body.

Keywords: Council of Ministers; Senate; legislature; federalism; executive; consensus; deliberation

Chapter.  12637 words. 

Subjects: European Union

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