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Parliamentary Administrations as the 'Unrepresentative Turn' in Parliamentary Scrutiny?

Anna-Lena Högenauer, Christine Neuhold

The Treaty of Lisbon introduced a number of measures designed to strengthen the role of the European Parliament and national parliaments in EU policy-making. This is commonly seen as a response to the debate about the EU's democratic deficit and the growing perception that a complex multi-level system requires legitimization and input from a variety of democratic sources and levels. It was also hoped that the stronger participation of parliaments would lead to a politicization of the European policy-making process and thus make the EU more appealing as a political system. At the same time, participation in European policy-making has become a complex process for both national parliaments and the European Parliament over the years and has thus opened up new opportunities for technocratic actors, such as parliamentary administrations, to carve out a role for themselves in this process.The aim of this paper is to investigate from a comparative perspective to what extent the EU-related work of national parliaments and the European parliament have become subject to an 'unrepresentative turn' of bureaucratization. In particular, the aim is to analyze to what extent the roles of the two types of parliamentary administrations are converging and what factors influence the level of administrative input.



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