The Empowerment of Parliaments in EU Integration: Victims or Victors?

  • Maja Kluger Rasmussen
Part of the Palgrave Studies in European Union Politics book series (PSEUP)


National parliaments are often seen as the victims of European integration. While closer integration in the European Union (EU) has led to an increased role of the European Parliament (EP), national parliaments have seen their powers curtailed. According to the so-called deparliamentarisation thesis, EU integration has led to the erosion of national parliamentary control over their national governments. The marginalisation of national parliaments in EU decision-making is linked to three issues: reduced national policy autonomy, a shift in the domestic executive-legislative balance, and information asymmetries (Jans and Piedrafita 2009).


European Union European Parliament National Parliament Lisbon Treaty European Union Legislation 
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