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The European Parliament and Supranational Party System

A Study in Institutional Development

Amie Kreppel (University of Florida)

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Cambridge University Press
06 August 2003
Politics & government; EU & European institutions; Political economy
This book examines the impact of increased legislative power and political authority on the internal development of the European Parliament and the supranational party group system. This is done through an analysis of changes in the hierarchical structures that regulate the internal organization of both the EP as a whole and the individual party groups. In addition, the changing pattern of coalition formation between party groups across time and legislative procedure is analyzed. The trends of internal development examined suggest that the increases in EP power that have occurred since the creation of the cooperation procedure by the Single European Act in 1987 have caused a fundamental shift in the character of the European Parliament as a legislative institution. Prior to 1987 the European Parliament, despite direct election and several small attempts to increase its powers, served primarily as a chamber of debate where much more was discussed than accomplished.
By:   Amie Kreppel (University of Florida)
Imprint:   Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 225mm,  Width: 153mm,  Spine: 16mm
Weight:   390g
ISBN:   9780521000796
ISBN 10:   0521000793
Series:   Cambridge Studies in Comparative Politics
Pages:   280
Publication Date:   06 August 2003
Audience:   Professional and scholarly ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Reviews for The European Parliament and Supranational Party System: A Study in Institutional Development

'This book provides a major contribution to the rapidly growing literature on the internal development of the European Parliament ... should be required reading for any scholar of the European Parliament or of legislative development.' The Journal of Legislative Studies 'Extremely well written, and with a highly original approach, the book is compulsory reading for both EU and legislative scholars.' West European Politics


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