By Berthold Rittberger
Why have the nationwide governments of european member states successively endowed the eu Parliament with supervisory, budgetary, and legislative powers during the last fifty years? Building Europe's Parliament sheds new gentle in this pivotal factor, and offers an important contribution to the learn of the ecu Parliament.
Rittberger develops a concept of delegation to consultant associations in foreign politics which mixes parts of democratic concept and diversified strands of institutionalist thought. to check the plausibility of his thought, Rittberger attracts on huge archival fabric and provides theory-guided, in-depth case reports of 3 landmark judgements within the historical past of the eu Parliament: the construction of the typical meeting of the ECSC in 1951 and the concomitant acquisition of supervisory powers vis-à-vis the quasi-executive excessive Authority; the delegation of budgetary powers following the signing of the Treaty of Luxembourg in 1970; and the delegation of legislative powers as a result of the adoption of the only eu Act signed in 1986. this can be through the charting of more moderen key advancements, culminating within the adoption of the Constitutional Treaty in 2004.
The publication offers a great addition to the literature on institutional layout by way of reflecting at the stipulations less than which governments choose the construction and empowerment of parliamentary associations in overseas politics. It additionally makes a invaluable contribution to the appliance of democratic idea to the research of the ecu Union through demonstrating that political elites shared the view that the hot supranational polity which emerged from the particles of global conflict II suffered from "democratic deficit" considering the fact that its inception, hence disproving the declare that the lamented "democratic deficit" is a up to date phenomenon.
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