[BLOG POST] Kelbel, C., Navarro, J., & Neihouser, M., (2020), “Interinstitutional Relations in the EU: Is Too Much Complexity Bad For Democracy?”, RECONNECT Project website, 13 November 2020

In the wake of the Conference on the Future of Europe, our recently released RECONNECT paper on “Interinstitutional Relations in the EU” delves into the complex network of relationships among EU institutions to unveil the current balance of powers within the EU and assess the impact of recent democratic innovations. The focus is directed in particular at the European Parliament (EP) as central to the representation-accountability mechanisms and as the major beneficiary of interinstitutional shifts of power at the EU level. After an introductive historical review of the development of the EP’s powers and influence, our study sheds light on the current interinstitutional decision-making processes by adopting an original point of view, namely that of the MEPs and – although to a lesser extent – that of the members of the National Parliaments.

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