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European Integration and the Changing System of Parliaments

February 26, 2013 at 2:30 PM to 4:30 PM

Location:602A, Political Science Seminar Room Loeb Building

The European Parliament and national parliaments have been analyzed as sources of legitimacy, as legislative institutions or as actors in policy-making, but their role in the process of European integration has been neglected so far. The system of parliaments in the EU has significantly changed in the process of European integration, and there are good reasons to assume that the changing parliamentary relations have had an impact on the integration process, and to also revise institutionalist theories of integration.

Arthur Benz is a professor of political science at the Technische Universitat Darmstadt, Germany. He also taught at the Universities in Konstanz, HalleandHagen. In 2007, he received the John G. Diefenbaker and was a visiting scholar at the CES at Carleton University in Ottawa. Comparative federalism and multilevel governance are Mr Benz’s main areas of research. In this context, he has published on European governance and the role of parliaments in the EU.

This research seminar is presented in cooperation with the Bell Chair in Canadian Parliamentary Democracy in the Political Science Department.

This event is supported, in part, by a grant from the European Union.