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The European Parliament as a developing legislature: coming of age in trilogues?

Roederer-Rynning, Christilla; Greenwood, Justin


Christilla Roederer-Rynning

Justin Greenwood


This article examines the institutionalization of the European Parliament-as-a-legislature. It draws on the political development scholarship to conceptualize institutionalization and highlight the role of the environment in the development and decay of political institutions. On this premise, we argue that the political significance of the European Parliament (EP) depends on its capacity to develop strong institutions enabling it to 'exist apart' from its environment. We identify the embrace of codecision as a critical moment of the institutionalization of the EP-as-a-legislature and explore the value of the political development perspective in a comparative-historical study of trilogues in the EP. We present a typology of institutionalization of trilogues and argue that a model of generic parliamentary approach to trilogues is taking roots. While substantiating the thesis of the EP as a potentially autonomous institution, our findings also call for research into the resilience and sources of institutional patterns of trilogues.


ROEDERER-RYNNING, C. and GREENWOOD, J. 2017. The European Parliament as a developing legislature: coming of age in trilogues? Journal of European public policy [online], 24(5), pages 735-754. Available from:

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Apr 12, 2016
Online Publication Date Jun 8, 2016
Publication Date May 31, 2017
Deposit Date Jul 12, 2016
Publicly Available Date Dec 9, 2017
Journal Journal of European public policy
Print ISSN 1350-1763
Electronic ISSN 1466-4429
Publisher Taylor and Francis
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 24
Issue 5
Pages 735-754
Keywords European Parliament; Legislature; Political development; Trilogues
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