Inter-Parliamentary Cooperation in EU Affairs and the Austrian Parliament: Empowering the Opposition?

Eric Miklin
2013 Journal of Legislative Studies  
This paper takes up recent arguments to strengthen national parliamentary powers in EU decision-making through inter-parliamentary cooperation. By widening the analytical focus from parliaments to the cooperation amongst the parties within parliaments, it seeks to advance the debate in two aspects. First, the paper aims at providing a more accurate picture about the cooperation going on today. Second, it discusses why the amount of, and the benefits gained from inter-parliamentary cooperation
more » ... ntary cooperation may vary between parties and therefore cooperation may not only affect the power-relations between national parliaments and nonparliamentarian actors, but also those within parliaments. Based on the results of a study of the Austrian parliament it is argued that inter-parliamentary cooperation (a) is more important for opposition parties than for governing parties but that (b) parties can make use of its full potential only, when their ideology allows them to integrate into a European party network.
doi:10.1080/13572334.2013.736785 fatcat:7gjyonn5dbhodaqlqrl3fkghsy