Paper keepers or policy shapers? The conditions under which EP officials impact on the EU policy process

C. Neuhold, M.J. Dobbels

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Abstract

The Lisbon Treaty has substantially extended the co-legislative rights of the European Parliament (EP). This raises the general question of how the EP organizes itself internally in order to be able to maximize its input into the legislative process. In the quest of information processing, it is likely that officials inside the EP gain in importance. The article thus aims to clarify the conditions under which these EP officials impact on the EU policy process and as such can influence policy outcomes. The analysis is based on case studies from five different policy domains. The observations reflect that under certain conditions EP officials play a steering role in the EU decision-making process. As such they can have a significant impact on the policymaking process, defying the dualistic Weberian approach according to which politicians take decisions and officials merely implement.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)577-595
Number of pages19
JournalComparative European Politics
Volume13
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2015

Keywords

  • BUREAUCRACY
  • CODECISION
  • DECISION
  • EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT
  • European Parliament
  • Ordinary Legislative Procedure
  • RAPPORTEURS
  • STAFFS
  • bureaucracy
  • officials

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