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Why the European Parliament should not be abolished

Hix, Simon (2012) Why the European Parliament should not be abolished. LSE European Politics and Policy (EUROPP) Blog (05 Mar 2012). Website.

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Former British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw recently argued forcefully that the European Parliament suffered from an ineradicable ‘democratic deficit’ and should be abolished, to be replaced by an assembly of national parliaments. Simon Hix argues that the evidence shows that the European Parliament successfully handles a massive policy agenda, and in most countries engages strongly with European citizens. Reforming the way that the UK elects its members of the European Parliament so as to give voters more choice (and parties less control) would best tackle the poor electoral accountability of Britain’s MEPs.

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Additional Information: © 2012 The Author
Divisions: Government
Subjects: J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe)
Sets: Departments > Government
Collections > LSE European Politics and Policy (EUROPP) Blog
Date Deposited: 04 Apr 2012 14:00
Last Modified: 16 Oct 2021 23:18

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