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Regulating Europarties: Cross-party coalitions capitalizing on incomplete contracts
Södertörn University, School of Political Science, Economics and Law, Political science.
2005 (English)In: Party Politics, ISSN 1354-0688, E-ISSN 1460-3683, Vol. 11, no 5, 515-534 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Political parties organized at the European level, Europarties, have become more relevant actors in the European Union. Constitutional and legal rules have recognized their role in the EU political system, they now receive funding from the Union’s budget and the strengthening of the European Parliament offers them more opportunities for influencing the EU policy process. Drawing on extensive interview material, we explain why and how Europarties have strengthened their position and show the crucial part played by coalitions of leading personalities of the Europarties. In piecemeal fashion, these coalitions have capitalized on ‘incomplete contracts’ ever since the opening created by the Party Article in the Maastricht Treaty and have successfully argued for a stronger position for the Europarties. Analysing the regulation, we combine rational choice and historical institutionalism and in the concluding discussion look ahead at the future of Europarties

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2005. Vol. 11, no 5, 515-534 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-7524DOI: 10.1177/1354068805054978ISI: 000232051300001ScopusID: 2-s2.0-24944581729OAI: diva2:407108
Available from: 2011-03-29 Created: 2011-03-29 Last updated: 2014-04-17Bibliographically approved

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