Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/24327
Authors: 
Schwager, Robert
Year of Publication: 
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

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