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Aleksandra Maatsch
Parliaments and the Economic Governance
of the European Union
Talking Shops or Deliberative Bodies?

London: Routledge, 2017
132 pages
ISBN 978-1-138-23003-3 | £40.00 (hardback)
ISBN 978-1-138-32644-6 | £13.59 (paperback)
ISBN 978-1-315-38726-0 | £8.00 (e-book)
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Abstract | Contents | Author




This book analyses how national parliaments and parliamentary parties performed their legislative, representative and control functions during the reform of European economic governance. Focusing on domestic approvals of anti-crisis measures (EFSF, ESM, and the Fiscal Compact) in all member states of the Eurozone, the book aims at establishing to what extent national parliaments and parliamentary parties secured their competences in EU policy-making during that process.
Taking an interdisciplinary approach, Aleksandra Maatsch's Parliaments and the Economic Governance of the European Union: Talking Shops or Deliberative Bodies? addresses this question by analyzing (i) in which states were the parliament’s formal powers constrained as a result of anti-crisis measures;, (ii) how parliamentary parties voted on the anti-crisis measures; (iii) what were the dominant discourses of the measures’ proponents and opponents; and (iv) which parties advocated neoliberal and which Keynesian measures.
This text will be of key interest to scholars, students and practitioners in European Union politics and studies, political parties and parliaments, European Economic governance and more broadly to European politics.



1   Introduction
2   European Financial Crisis: Dominant Narratives and the Legal Status of Anti-Crisis Measures
3   Empowered or Disempowered? The Role of National Parliaments during the Reform of European Economic Governance
4   Drivers of Political Parties' Voting Behaviour in European Economic Governance: The Ultimate Decline of the Economic Cleavage?
5   Parliamentary Parties’ Discourses on Anti-Crisis Measures: Between Solidarity and Particularistic Interest
6   Macroeconomic Preferences of National Parliamentary Parties
7   Conclusions



Aleksandra Maatsch is Interim Chair of European and Multilevel Politics at the University of Cologne in Germany. She was a postdoctoral researcher at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies in Cologne from 2014 to 2016.

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