Democratisation versus accountability - should the European Parliament be given more powers?

Schwager, Robert

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URN: urn:nbn:de:bsz:180-madoc-5988
Document Type: Working paper
Year of publication: 1999
The title of a journal, publication series: None
Publication language: English
Institution: Sonstige Einrichtungen > ZEW - Leibniz-Zentrum für Europäische Wirtschaftsforschung
MADOC publication series: Veröffentlichungen des ZEW (Leibniz-Zentrum für Europäische Wirtschaftsforschung) > ZEW Discussion Papers
Subject: 330 Economics
Classification: JEL: D72 H11 ,
Subject headings (SWD): Europäische Union / Europäisches Parlament , Wählertäuschung , Macht , Transparenz
Abstract: This paper challenges the assertation that European politics would be closer to the citizens' preferences if decision power were transferred from the Council of Ministers to the European Parliament. On the one hand, citizens benfit from a greater transparency in the Parliament's debates compared to the Council's decisions. On the other hand, a powerful European Parliament would be less accountable to the voters of each state since in the European election each state is only decisive with a small probability.
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