Comparative European Politics

, Volume 16, Issue 2, pp 310–329 | Cite as

Redirecting national parliaments: Setting priorities for involvement in EU affairs

Original Article


While national parliaments in the European Union have learned to internalize new opportunities for influence given to them by the Lisbon Treaty, European integration has evolved and places ever more serious demands and constraints on domestic legislatures. Following the euro crisis, key decisions about national macro-economic policies are taken in the European Council and the European Semester. These are the issues traditionally at the heart of both democratic governance and citizens’ concerns. Relating these developments to the key functions national parliaments ought to perform, we develop the normative argument that a redirection of national parliaments’ resources away from less salient matters and particularly the Early Warning Mechanism towards the European Council and European economic governance would be welcome.


national parliaments EU early warning mechanism European council euro area 



Previous versions of this paper were presented at the TU Dresden International Politics colloquium, January 2014 and the first PADEMIA annual conference in Brussels, June 2014. The authors thank all the participants at those events for their comments.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.WZB Berlin Social Science Center, Department of Global GovernanceBerlinGermany
  2. 2.School of Management, University of TampereTampereFinland

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