Inter-Institutional Rules and Division of Power in the European Parliament: Allocation of Consultation and Co-Decision Reports
Title: Inter-Institutional Rules and Division of Power in the European Parliament: Allocation of Consultation and Co-Decision Reports
Author: YORDANOVA, Nikoleta
Publisher: Routledge Journals, Taylor & Francis Ltd
Citation: West European Politics, 2011, 34, 1, 97-121
Studies on the European Parliament have largely overlooked the impact of the inter-institutional context on its internal organisation. This paper argues that the stronger legislative powers of the Parliament vis-a-vis the Council of Ministers under the co-decision than under the consultation procedure affect the intra-parliamentary allocation of different types of legislative report. The analysis of the period 2004-07 shows that legislators from the centre-right party group coalition and loyal party group members are privileged in the allocation of co-decision reports. In contrast, legislators with outlying special interests and experts are given systematic access to drafting only consultation reports. The higher competition for co-decision versus consultation reports left unchecked by the formal EP rules has thus been exploited by party group leaders to promote group cohesion and coalition-building, producing clear winners and losers.
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