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Published on Dec 23, 2014

Talk by: Ben Crum (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam)

Title: EU Parliamentarism as a “Multilevel Parliamentary Field”

Talk at the PADEMIA-Workshop on ‘Multilevel Democracy’, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam/ACCESS EUROPE, 30/31 October 2014.

For more info on the PADEMIA-network, see www.pademia.eu

Video-recording produced by AVC Producties, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, and directed by Bart Nelissen.

This talk explores the claim that parliamentary sovereignty in the European Union is not embodied in a single institution but remains essentially dispersed across the European level and across the whole range of national parliaments. Thus, in notable contrast to established national systems, the parliamentary structure of the EU lacks a clear hierarchy because the lower, national tier retains in crucial respects a stronger claim to democratic legitimacy than the overarching, supranational tier. The talk offers an analytical sketch of the structure of democratic representation in the EU and seeks to spell out the key traits that distinguish this kind of multilevel democracy and the radical implications they have for the very idea of democracy in the EU context. In the second part it introduces the concept of the ‘multilevel parliamentary field’ to chart parliamentary behaviour in the EU and uses this notion to illustrate the distinctive ways in which democratic representation operates in the EU.

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