In an attempt to strengthen the legitimacy of European Union (EU) policy-making, the 2009 Lisbon Treaty strengthened the principle of parliamentary control in EU affairs. This pertains to parliaments at all levels ranging from the regional to the supranational level. This book analyses the potential of regional parliaments - the parliaments closest to the citizens - to engage in EU affairs and to fill the perceived legitimacy gap. Eight member states have a total of 73 regional parliaments with legislative powers, and there are further trends towards decentralization in Europe. On its quest to understand the role that regional parliaments can plan in the EU multi-level parliamentary system, the book addresses key questions: What are the formal powers and functions of regional parliaments in EU policy-making? How do they use their powers in practice? How active are they in EU politics, and what do they try to achieve? What factors can explain their degree of (in-)activity? The chapters in this book were originally published in a special issue of The Journal of Legislative Studies.
1. Regional parliaments in the EU multilevel parliamentary system Peter Bursens & Anna-Lena Hoegenauer 2. Regional parliamentary empowerment in EU affairs. Building an analytical framework Karolina Boronska-Hryniewiecka 3. Mandating - a likely scrutiny instrument for regional parliaments in EU affairs? Gabriele Abels 4. Regional parliaments questioning EU affairs Anna-Lena Hoegenauer 5. Spokes in the wheel. European affairs and the parliamentary administration of German Landtage Aron Buzogany & Jens Hasing 6. Belgian regional parliaments and the European Union: an analysis of parliamentary scrutiny in agricultural and environmental policies Francois Randour & Wouter Wolfs 7. Parliamentary scrutiny as a function of interparliamentary cooperation among subnational parliaments Annegret Eppler & Andreas Maurer 8. Conclusion: regional parliaments - a distinct role in the EU? Anna-Lena Hoegenauer & Gabriele Abels
Gabriele Abels is Jean Monnet Chair of Comparative Politics and European Integration at the University of Tubingen, Germany. She is also Director of the Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence PRRIDE (Positioning Regions and Regionalism in a Democratic Europe), funded by the Erasmus+ programme. Anna-Lena Hoegenauer is Adjoint de Recherche at the University of Luxembourg. She works on European democracy and multi-level governance. Together with her co-authors she has won the 2016 PADEMIA Award for Outstanding Research in the Field of Parliamentary Democracy and the 2016 European Political Science best article award.