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Conceptualising impact of the EU accession process on functioning of national parliaments in potential EU candidate countries

Blerim Vela

While there is an on-going scholarly debate as to how Europeanization of national parliaments should be conceptualised or measured in EU member states, the study of impact of the EU accession process on parliaments of countries with EU membership perspective remains poorly documented and understood, particularly from a comparative approach. There is a need to understand how the EU accession process affects national parliaments of non-EU member states in law-making and oversight fora and why particular institutional adaptations are developed by national parliaments of non-EU member states. By reviewing the cases of Kosovo and Macedonia (countries with EU membership perspective), the suggested research will provide academic contribution firstly on analysing how the EU accession process impacts national parliaments of countries with EU membership perspective. Secondly, the research will offer a framework of how to assess the impact of the EU accession process on law-making and oversight functions of parliaments of countries with EU membership perspective. Lastly, the research will link the study of parliament’s institutional adaptations, executive-legislative relations with the EU accession process in countries with EU membership perspective.



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