Shaping European Union: The European Parliament and Institutional Reform, 1979-1989

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Based on a large range of newly accessible archival sources, this study explores the European Parliament’s policies on the institutional reform of the European Communities between 1979 and 1989. It demonstrates how the Parliament fulfilled key functions in the process of constitutionalisation of the present-day European Union. These functions included defining a set of criteria for effective and democratic governance, developing legal concepts such as subsidiarity, and pressurising the Member States into accepting greater institutional deepening and more powers for the Parliament in the Single European Act and the Maastricht Treaty.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationBrussels
PublisherEuropean Parliament Research Service
Number of pages116
ISBN (Print)978-92-846-3461-3
Publication statusPublished - 13 Nov 2018

Publication series

NameEuropean Parliament History Series
PublisherEuropean Parliament Research Service


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