Legitimacy through Subsidiarity? The Parliamentary Control of EU Policy-Making

Open access

Abstract

This article explains the relationship between subsidiarity and legitimacy of policies designed at EU level. Through means of theoretically informed analysis this paper claims that if the principle of subsidiarity is respected and implemented throughout the policy process, EU policy-making can aspire to satisfy the condition of both input and output legitimacy. The empirical part of the paper shows how, through a subsidiarity control mechanism known as the Early Warning System, national parliaments can collectively fulfill representative and deliberative functions in EU policy-making. Conclusions about the changing dynamics in parliamentary modus operandi in the field of EU affairs lead to forming a set of recommendations for further research.

If the inline PDF is not rendering correctly, you can download the PDF file here.

  • Bauer Michael Pitschel Diana and Philip Studinger. Governance Preferences of Sub-national Administrative Elites in the European Union Lehrstuhl Politik und VerwaltungWorking Paper Series 2010 Vol. 4.

  • Benz Arthur. Linking multiple demoi. Inter-parliamentary relations in the EU Institut für Europäische Verfassungswissenschaften IEV-Online 2011/1

  • Borońska-Hryniewiecka Karolina. [a]. Regional parliaments and subsidiarity after Lisbon: Overcoming the regional blindness? Democracy and Subsidiarity in the EU. National Parliaments Regions and Civil Society in the Decision-Making Process (red.) M. Cartabia N. Lupo and A. Simoncini ‘Il Mulino - Percorsi’ Series of Nova Universitas 2013 pp. 337-364.

  • Borońska-Hryniewiecka Karolina. [b]. Subnational parliaments in EU Policy-control. Explaining the variations across Europe. Robert Schuman Working Paper Series 2013/38.

  • Borońska-Hryniewiecka Karolina. [c]. The role of regional and local authorities in EU development policies in the perspective of the Committee of the Regions. Multi-level governance revisited in the times of crisis. Studia Regionalne i lokalne 2013 vol 3 (53) pp. 21-38.

  • Bruun Niklas and Andreas Bücker. European Economic Employment and Social Policy Critical assessment of the proposed Monti II regulation – more courage and strength needed to remedy the social imbalances. ETUI Policy Brief N° 4/2012.

  • Burrows Noreen Carter Caitriona and Scott Andrew. Subsidiarity and the Draft Treaty. Discussion Paper for Sub Rosa 2004. [online].[accessed 19.05.2013] available at: http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Resource/Doc/1071/0003543.pdf

  • Bursens Peter Maes Frederic and Vileyn Matthias. Playing the Next Level of the Multilevel Parliamentary Game. Let’s Add Subnational Parliaments to the Scene Paper prepared for the Political Studies Association Specialist Group Territorial Politics Biennial Conference 13 - 14 September 2012 Brussels.

  • Christiansen Thomas and Pamela Lintner. The CoR after 10 Years. Lessons from the Past and Challenges for the Future. EIPAScope 2005 Vol. 1 pp. 7-13.

  • Cooper Ian. A “Virtual Third Chamber” for the European Union? National Parliaments after the Treaty of Lisbon West European Politics 2012 35/3 pp. 441-465.

  • De Wilde Pieter. Why the Early Warning Mechanism does not Alleviate the Democratic Deficit OPAL Online Paper 2012 no. 6.

  • Duff Andrew. Subsidiarity within the European Community: a Federal Trust report. 1993.

  • European Commission. White paper on European governance. 2011.

  • Fabbrini Federico and Katarzyna Granat. Yellow card but no foul: The role of the national parliaments under the subsidiarity protocol and the Commission proposal for an EU regulation on the right to strike. Common Market Law Review 2013 Issue 1 pp. 115–143

  • Follesdal Andreas and Simon Hix. Why There is a Democratic Deficit in the EU: A Response to Majone and Moravcsik. Journal of Common Market Studies 2006 Vol. 44. No. 3 pp. 533–62.

  • Hanberger Anders. Democratic governance and evaluation. Paper presented at the Sixth EES (European Evaluation Society) Conference in Berlin September 30-October 2 2004.

  • Horsley Thomas. Subsidiarity and the European Court of Justice: Missing Pieces in the Subsidiarity Jigsaw? Journal of Common Market Studies 2012 Vol. 50 Issue 2 pp. 267-282.

  • House of Commons. How much legislation comes from Europe? Research Paper 10/62 13 October 2010.

  • Kaczyński Maciej. Paper tigers or sleeping beauties? National Parliaments in the post-Lisbon European Political System. CEPS Special Report 2011.

  • Kiiver Philip. The Early Warning System for the Principle of Subsidiarity: Constitutional Theory and Empirical Reality 2012 London: Routledge.

  • Kousser Thad. Retrospective Voting and Strategic Behaviour in European Parliament Elections. Electoral Studies 2004 Vol. 23 No. 1 pp. 1–21

  • Moravcsik Andrew. Europe after the crisis. How to sustain a Common Currency. 91 Foreign Affairs 54/2012.

  • Nicolaïdis Kalypso. Our European Demoï-cracy: Is this Constitution a Third Way for Europe?‘ in Nikolaides Kalypso & Weatherill Stephen. Whose Europe? National Models and the Constitution of the European Union European Studies at Oxford Series 2003.

  • O’Brenan John and Tapio Raunio. Deparliamentarisation and European Integration in (eds.) J. O’Brennan T. Raunio National Parliaments within the Enlarged European Union. Abingdon: Routledge 2007. pp.1-26.

  • Palomares Amat Miguel. La participación del parlamento de Cataluña en la aplicación y el control del principio de subsidiariedad. Revista de Derecho Comuniatrio Europeo 2011 núm. 38 pp. 19-59.

  • Popelier Patricia and Werner Vandenbruwaene. The Subsidiarity Mechanism as a Tool for Inter-Level Dialogue in Belgium: On ‘Regional Blindness’ and Co-operative Flaws. European Constitutional Law Review 2011. Vol 7. pp. 204-228

  • Raunio Tapio. National Parliaments and European Integration: What we know and what we should know. ARENA - Centre of European Studies Working Paper University of Oslo 9/2009.

  • Reif Karlheinz and Hermann Schmitt. Nine Second-Order National Elections – A Conceptual Framework for the Analysis of European Election Results European Journal of Political Research 1980 8:1 3–44.

  • Scharpf Fritz Wilhelm. Governing Europe: effective and democratic? New York: Oxford University Press 1999. ISBN: 9780198295457

  • Scharpf Fritz Wilhelm. Monetary Union Fiscal Crisis and the Preemption of Democracy. LEQS Annual Lecture Papers 2011 No. 36/2011

  • Weatherill Stephen. The challenge of the regional dimension in the European Union. in: Weatherill Stephen and Bernitz Ulf (eds.): The role of regions and sub-national actors in Europe 2005 Oxford: Hart Publishing pp.1-31.

  • Weiler Joseph. Europe in crisis—on ‘political messianism’ ‘legitimacy’and the ‘rule of law’. Singapore Journal of Legal Studies December 2012 pp. 248-268.

Search
Journal information
Metrics
All Time Past Year Past 30 Days
Abstract Views 0 0 0
Full Text Views 228 111 5
PDF Downloads 111 66 3