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National parliaments and the scrutiny of European integration. Fixed routines vs. emergency politics?

Monday 5 March 2018
Diplomacy and Global Affairs Research Seminar Series 2018
Turfmarkt 99
2511 DP The Hague


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About the lecture

The ability of national parliaments to oversee the European integration process has undergone changes in the last decade. Institutional developments, specifically the coming into force of the Lisbon Treaty, have enhanced the role of national parliaments in day-to-day decision making processes at the EU level. However, political developments such as the Eurozone crisis, the refugee crisis, and geographical conflicts such as the Ukraine crisis – i.e. examples of EU-related emergency politics – constitute a challenge to established parliamentary scrutiny practices at the national level because EU decision making on these type of dossiers is more ad hoc than EU decision-making under the ordinary legislative procedure (OLP). Dr Rik de Ruiter explores in his paper on the decision making process on the Banking Union to what extent national parliaments can effectively scrutinise OLPs and emergency politics.

About the speaker

Rik de Ruiter is associate professor at the institute of Public Administration (Leiden University), He obtained in October 2007 a doctorate in social and political sciences from the European University Institute in Florence. Rik’s current research agenda focuses on informal negotiations between the EP and the Council, the scrutiny by national parliaments of and media reporting on EU-level decision making processes, and the degree of overlap in scrutiny of EU legislative acts between Upper and Lower Houses. He is also interested in the Open Method of Coordination (OMC), a non-binding benchmarking policy tool aimed at fostering exchanges of policy practices between EU member. His work has appeared in numerous international journals, including the Journal of European Public Policy, European Union Politics, West European Politics, and Acta Politica.

About the seminars

Diplomacy and Global Affairs (DGA) Research Seminar Series is a series launched by the Research Group on Diplomacy and Global Affairs at the Institute of Security and Global Affairs. The seminars of internationally acknowledged guest researchers and faculty members deal with current research topics in diplomacy, international relations, global affairs, and political economy broadly conceived and target a broad audience through their interdisciplinary focus.

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