Possible Future European Union Party-Political Systems

  • Martin Westlake
Part of the European Administrative Governance book series (EAGOV)


This chapter assumes that post-war steps to a parliamentary party-political European Union (EU) are irreversible. It further assumes, more debatably, that the Spitzenkandidaten procedure is also irreversible. It acknowledges six ‘known unknowns’ that could have consequences for the evolution of the Union’s party-political system. It considers several basic questions about the model the Union has cumulatively chosen before examining some of the ‘discontents’ of party-political systems and their potential relevance to the EU’s emerging system. It briefly considers whether the early evolution of the US party-political system might shed light on possible developments. It concludes that the existence of a parliamentary party-political system, with electoral linkage between the executive and the legislature, is a necessary but far from sufficient condition for viable governance—and opposition.


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  • Martin Westlake
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  1. 1.College of EuropeBrugesBelgium
  2. 2.European Institute, London School of EconomicsLondonUK

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