Informal Leadership and Agenda-Shaping in the European Parliament – on the Process, Institution and Impact of Parliament’s Own-Initiative Reports (1999-2016)

Wednesday, July 12, 2017
JWS - Stevenson Lecture Theatre (University of Glasgow)
Andreas Maurer , Political Science, University of Innsbruck
Michael C. Wolf , University of Innsbruck
The European Parliament (EP) is the only democratically elected body in the European Union. Yet, unlike a traditional parliament, it has no formal right of legislative initiative, which lies almost solely with the EU's executive bodies, the European Commission, and – to a limited extend - the European Council. This paper investigates how and under which conditions the EP can and does put pressure on the Commission to initiate legislation and to hold the Commission to account in these areas. We therefore examine the process, institution and impact of the EP’s “Legislative Own-Initiative Reports” (LOIR, based on Art. 225 TFEU) and its “Non-Legislative Own-Initiative Reports” (NLOIR). The paper covers the 5th, 6th and 7th legislative terms.  It offers key insights into the informal leadership of the European Parliament.
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