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The Europeanisation of national political systems: Parliaments and executives

Author(s): Klaus H. Goetz | Jan-Hinrik Meyer-Sahling

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

Volume: 3;
Start page: 2;
Date: 2008;
Original page

Keywords: administrative adaptation | diversity/homogeneity | democracy | Europeanisation | governance | leadership | policy coordination | public administration | national parliaments

This article reviews the by now extensive literature on the Europeanisation of the political systems of the EU-15, with an emphasis on parliaments and executives (i.e., governments and ministerial administrations). The Living Review highlights apparently contradictory effects of integration: de-parlamentarisation vs. re-parlamentarisation; bureaucratisation vs. politicisation; and centralisation vs. diffusion. These diverging assessments of the effects of integration do, in part, reflect diversity in the EU-15; in part, they are, however, also a result of differences in the specification of variables, research designs and theoretical approaches. Work that inquires into patterns of Europeanisation – across institutional domains, countries, regions and time – and which seeks to tackle the ‘methodological nationalism’ of the Europeanisation literature promises a clearer picture of the institutional consequences of European integration than we possess at present.
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