Taming Trilogues: The EU's Lawmaking Process in a Comparative Perspective

Justin Greenwood, Christilla Roederer-Rynning

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Trilogues have become the modus operandi of EU decision making. They are an informal but institutionalised mechanism providing for in-camera discussions of legislative texts between the three main EU decision making institutions, with a view to securing legislative compromises. Trilogues present risks to an organ of parliamentary representation through their potential to depoliticise conflict, and by reducing the accountability and transparency of the decision making process. We examine how the European Parliament (EP) has responded to trilogues, and what this response tells us about the development of the EP as an institutionalised organ of representative democracy. We compare these with arrangements for bicameral conflict resolution in the United States, where similar issues are presented by informal mechanisms of decision making. We assess the institutionalisation of trilogues from a democratic perspective, highlighting achievements and future challenges, and the value of these findings for the ongoing reflection on the European Parliament as a normal parliament, and the role of informal institutions in EU law-making.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe European Parliament in Times of Crisis: Dynamics and Transformations
EditorsOlivier Costa
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Publication date2019
Pages121-141
ISBN (Print)9783319973906
ISBN (Electronic)9783319973913
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2019
SeriesEuropean Administrative Governance
ISSN2524-7263

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Greenwood, J., & Roederer-Rynning, C. (2019). Taming Trilogues: The EU's Lawmaking Process in a Comparative Perspective. In O. Costa (Ed.), The European Parliament in Times of Crisis: Dynamics and Transformations (pp. 121-141). Palgrave Macmillan. European Administrative Governance https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-97391-3_6
Greenwood, Justin ; Roederer-Rynning, Christilla. / Taming Trilogues : The EU's Lawmaking Process in a Comparative Perspective. The European Parliament in Times of Crisis: Dynamics and Transformations. editor / Olivier Costa. Palgrave Macmillan, 2019. pp. 121-141 (European Administrative Governance).
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Taming Trilogues : The EU's Lawmaking Process in a Comparative Perspective. / Greenwood, Justin; Roederer-Rynning, Christilla.

The European Parliament in Times of Crisis: Dynamics and Transformations. ed. / Olivier Costa. Palgrave Macmillan, 2019. p. 121-141 (European Administrative Governance).

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Greenwood J, Roederer-Rynning C. Taming Trilogues: The EU's Lawmaking Process in a Comparative Perspective. In Costa O, editor, The European Parliament in Times of Crisis: Dynamics and Transformations. Palgrave Macmillan. 2019. p. 121-141. (European Administrative Governance). https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-97391-3_6