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(p. 270) 15. The European Parliament 

(p. 270) 15. The European Parliament
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(p. 270) 15. The European Parliament
Author(s):

Ian Bache

, Simon Bulmer

, Stephen George

, and Owen Parker

DOI:
10.1093/hepl/9780199689668.003.0015
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date: 14 October 2019

This chapter focuses on the European Parliament (EP), the one directly elected institution of the European Union. It first provides an overview of the EP’s composition and functions before discussing the struggle for increased powers within the EP. It then considers debates and research on the EP. The focus of contemporary research on the EP include political behaviour and EP elections, the internal politics and organization of the EP, and inter-institutional bargaining between the EP, the European Council, and the European Commission. One theme of the academic debate is the extent to which the EP has become an effective independent actor in the affairs of the EU, and how far it will continue to move in that direction in the future.

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