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Behavioural patterns of EU-Member States’ National Parliaments/Chambers when issuing Reasoned Opinions within the Early Warning System (EWS) of the European Union

Gareis, Jana (2015) Behavioural patterns of EU-Member States’ National Parliaments/Chambers when issuing Reasoned Opinions within the Early Warning System (EWS) of the European Union.

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Abstract:With the coming into force of the Lisbon Treaty in 2009, the Early Warning System (EWS) of the subsidiarity reprimand was officially introduced. From then onwards national parliaments/chambers are allowed to issue Reasoned Opinions towards the European Commission when they suspect a subsidiarity breach within one of the legislative drafts of the European Union. Ever since, it has to be noticed that first of all, the amount of Reasoned Opinions issued by Member States’ national parliaments/chambers differed/s enormously among each other and even within the chambers of one single state. Second, the literature review indicates that structural factors may be a cause of this phenomenon. Thus the research question arose/arises: To which extend do different structural factors trigger the usage of Reasoned Opinions (ROs) within the Early Warning System? The diverse behavioural patterns of the parliaments/chambers are tried to be explained by using the theory of Rational Choice Institutionalism, out of which, several hypotheses regarding the importance and responsibility of structural factors could be driven. To test these hypotheses/structural factors, non-experimental quantitative research had to be conducted, applying bivariate analyses in order to be able to analyse the behavioural patterns of the 27 EU-Member Sates (40 chambers) regarding the 275 Reasoned Opinions issued so far. The results will show that nearly all hypotheses can be relatively stable approved. Therefore the answer of the main research question is that structural factors do matter when it comes to the issuance of Reasoned Opinions. Nevertheless, they do so to a different extend. All in all, taking every structural factor into account, they matter from a weak to a medium size. At the end, it has to be suggested to further examine the already established hypotheses using multivarative analyses, in order to be able to find out their correlation among each other and also to exclude spurious relationships.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:86 law, 89 political science
Programme:European Studies MSc (69303)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/67832
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