An earlier version of this article was presented at the ‘EUSA Tenth Biennial International Conference’, Montreal, Canada, 17–19 May 2007. The authors would like to thank all participants, especially Amie Kreppel for her comments as a discussant, as well as two anonymous referees for their extremely helpful input. Pierpaolo Settembri writes in a personal capacity and the views he expresses in this article may not in any circumstances be regarded as stating an official position of the Council.
Achieving Consensus Through Committees: Does the European Parliament Manage?*
Article first published online: 9 DEC 2008
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JCMS: Journal of Common Market Studies
Volume 47, Issue 1, pages 127–151, January 2009
How to Cite
SETTEMBRI, P. and NEUHOLD, C. (2009), Achieving Consensus Through Committees: Does the European Parliament Manage?. JCMS: Journal of Common Market Studies, 47: 127–151. doi: 10.1111/j.1468-5965.2008.01835.x
- Issue published online: 9 DEC 2008
- Article first published online: 9 DEC 2008
This article examines the role of the standing committees in building consensus within the European Parliament (EP) and asks whether the ability to fulfil this function has remained stable even in the context of enlarged membership after the June 2004 elections. To this avail, original data have been collected on the voting behaviour in EP committees, from July 1999 through July 2006, and interviews with key players have been conducted. Findings show that committees generally work very consensually, regardless of the issue at stake and the procedure applied. At the same time, the committee system seems to be evolving towards greater differentiation across policy areas and, partially, across legislative procedures.