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The aggregating function of political parties in EU decision-making

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Author(s): Christopher Lord

Journal: Living Reviews in European Governance
ISSN 1813-856X

Volume: 1;
Start page: 2;
Date: 2006;
Original page

Keywords: democracy | European elections | participation | political parties | political representation | legislative procedure | MEPs | European Parliament

ABSTRACT
This Living Review uses concepts of aggregation to analyse what we do and do not know about the contribution of political parties to the politics and democratic performance of the European Union. It suggests that present representative structures are better at aggregating ‘choices of policies’ than ‘choices of leaders’. Much more, however, needs to be done to analyse the causal contribution of party actors to those patterns of aggregation, and to understand why European Union parties do not develop further where aggregation seems to be deficient in the EU arena.
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