In the Shadow of Public Opinion

The European Parliament, Civil Society Organizations, and the Politicization of Trilogues

Justin Greenwood, Christilla Roederer-Rynning

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This article examines the relations between the European Parliament (EP) and civil society organizations (CSOs) in the EU’s legislative process. It focuses specifically on legislative trilogues, an informal institution bringing together the representatives of the EP, Council, and Commission in a secluded setting to conclude legislative agreements. Trilogues have become the modus operandi and an absolutely pivotal part of the EU law-making process: they are where the deals are made. While secluded decision-making offers plenty of opportunities for EU institutions to depoliticize law-making, we argue that trilogues have become politicized, partly from the relationship between the EP and CSOs. We flesh out this argument on the basis of insights from the politicization and the historical institutionalist literatures, advance two ideal types of trilogue politics, and explore these types on the basis of a preliminary examination of a comprehensive interview material.

Original languageEnglish
JournalPolitics and Governance
Volume7
Issue number3
Pages (from-to)316-326
ISSN2183-2463
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 27. Sep 2019

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Keywords

  • Civil society organisations
  • European parliament
  • Institutionalism
  • Law-making
  • Legislative process
  • Politicisation
  • Trilogues

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In the Shadow of Public Opinion : The European Parliament, Civil Society Organizations, and the Politicization of Trilogues. / Greenwood, Justin; Roederer-Rynning, Christilla.

In: Politics and Governance, Vol. 7, No. 3, 27.09.2019, p. 316-326.

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