Constitutional reform in the European Community : are there alternatives to the majoritarian avenue?
Title: Constitutional reform in the European Community : are there alternatives to the majoritarian avenue?
Author: DEHOUSSE, Renaud
Citation: West European politics, 1995, Vol. 18, No. 3, pp. 118-136
Traditionally, the weakness of the European Parliament and of European political parties is presented as a central cause of the European Community's legitimacy crisis. This article suggests an alternative reading of the situation. Not only is the legitimacy crisis much more complex than is generally believed, but the strengthening of the Parliament, and the development of party politics that would ensue might ultimately threaten the stability of the Community. The experience of parliamentary federations suggests that the majoritarian features of the parliamentary system may be a source of tension. No matter how necessary the democratisation of the EC's institutional setting may be, reforms must not be detrimental to the quality of centre-periphery relations.
Published online: 03 Dec 2007
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