Power at the expense of diffuse interests? The European Parliament as a legitimacy-seeking institution

Justin Greenwood, Christilla Roederer-Rynning

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Resumé

Has the European Parliament (EP)’s acquisition of legislative powers diluted its traditional support for diffuse interests? This article considers the various arguments that challenge the EP’s reputation as a champion of diffuse interests and advances an alternative interpretation grounded in the idea of the EP as a legitimacy seeking institution. These arguments are explored in light of EP strategies of public engagement. Whilst previous analyses have been centred on the EP itself, we broaden the empirical focus to examine patterns of diffuse interest engagement with the EP. We find variance in the way diffuse advocates engage with the EP, and identify a driver of differentiation among NGO advocates of diffuse interests organized at EU level. We draw on interviews with NGOs, representatives from EU political institutions, as well as data from the Transparency Register to assess NGO/EP interactions.

OriginalsprogEngelsk
TidsskriftEuropean Politics and Society
Vol/bind21
Udgave nummer1
Sider (fra-til)118-136
ISSN2374-5118
DOI
StatusUdgivet - 2020

Fingeraftryk

European Parliament
legitimacy
non-governmental organization
EU
political institution
reputation
transparency
driver
interpretation
interaction
interview

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Publikation: Bidrag til tidsskriftTidsskriftartikelForskningpeer review

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