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Title:Democratisation versus accountability - should the European Parliament be given more powers? PDF Logo
Authors:Schwager, Robert
Issue Date:1999
Series/Report no.:ZEW Discussion Papers 99-45
Abstract:This paper challenges the assertion 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 benefit 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.
Subjects:Accountability
European institutions
transparency
democratisation
JEL:D72
H11
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:Publikationen von Forscherinnen und Forschern des ZEW
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