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Parliamentary Democracy in Europe

Editors: Professor Nicola Lupo, LUISS Guido Carli University and Professor Robert Schütze, Durham University

Parliamentary democracy is at the core of all modern European constitutions. In representing the people, national parliaments are traditionally viewed as the primary centres for democratic deliberation and decision-making. Yet with the rise of international and supranational organisations, this national democratic frame is increasingly challenged. What, then, is the role and task of national parliaments today? And how has European integration affected them? The European Union itself is founded on the idea of ‘representative democracy’. Citizens are directly represented in the European Parliament, but Union democracy is equally based on indirect forms of representation; and because of this, Union democracy indirectly relies on the good functioning of national democratic institutions. What, then, is the role and relationship between the European and the national parliaments in the democratic functioning of the Union? Do they exercise distinct or complementary functions? This new series aims to address these questions. Encompassing monographs and edited collections, it offers insights into rules and conventions shaping parliaments and parliamentary democracy in Europe.

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