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Power at the expense of diffuse interests? The European Parliament as a legitimacy-seeking institution.

Greenwood, Justin; Roederer-Rynning, Christilla

Authors

Justin Greenwood

Christilla Roederer-Rynning



Abstract

Has the European Parliament (EP)’s acquisition of legislative powers diluted its traditional support for diffuse interests? This article considers the various arguments that challenge the EP’s reputation as a champion of diffuse interests and advances an alternative interpretation grounded in the idea of the EP as a legitimacy seeking institution. These arguments are explored in light of EP strategies of public engagement. Whilst previous analyses have been centred on the EP itself, we broaden the empirical focus to examine patterns of diffuse interest engagement with the EP. We find variance in the way diffuse advocates engage with the EP, and identify a driver of differentiation among NGO advocates of diffuse interests organized at EU level. We draw on interviews with NGOs, representatives from EU political institutions, as well as data from the Transparency Register to assess NGO/EP interactions.

Journal Article Type Article
Journal European politics and society
Print ISSN 2374-5118
Electronic ISSN 2374-5126
Publisher Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Institution Citation GREENWOOD, J. and ROEDERER-RYNNING, C. 2019. Power at the expense of diffuse interests? The European Parliament as a legitimacy-seeking institution. European politics and society [online], Latest Articles. Available from: https://doi.org/10.1080/23745118.2019.1613879
DOI https://doi.org/10.1080/23745118.2019.1613879
Keywords European Parliament; Legitimacy seeking; Diffuse interests; NGO's

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