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Institutional Change In European Governance: The Commission´s Implementing Powers and the European Parliament

Adrienne Héritier and Catherine Moury

in The Oxford Handbook of Governance

Published in print March 2012 | ISBN: 9780199560530
Published online September 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199560530.013.0045

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Politics & International Relations

 Institutional Change In European Governance: The Commission´s Implementing Powers and the European Parliament

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This article focuses on the institutional change in the governance of the European Union (EU), focusing on the implementing powers of the European Commission and the European Parliament. It suggests that the way the European Parliament gained co-equal rights in comitology with the Council of Ministers can be explained by rational choice institutionalism and distributive bargaining theory. The article summarizes the literature, explaining why delegation to comitology took place and why it developed specific governance rules, and also explains why the Parliament's power increased under these rules.

Keywords: governance; European Union; European Commission; European Parliament; comitology; Council of Ministers; institutionalism; bargaining theory

Article.  5397 words. 

Subjects: Politics ; Public Policy ; Comparative Politics

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