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Title: National Parliaments and the European Union : ten years After Lisbon
Author: Woodhouse, A.
Awarding Body: University of Liverpool
Current Institution: University of Liverpool
Date of Award: 2019
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The purpose of this thesis is to deepen the understanding of the relationship between the European Union and national parliaments (EU-NP relationship). It focuses on the developments that have taken place in this relationship since the Lisbon Treaty. First, this thesis analyses the EU-NP relationship across different contexts and perspectives. The thesis asks whether the treatment of national parliaments differs based on the context in which they interact with the Union. It explores the different attitudes towards national parliaments displayed by different actors in the Union context. This broad analysis allows the thesis to draw insights from variations and patterns in the EU-NP relationship across different areas of enquiry. Second, this thesis establishes a framework of language to describe developments in the EU-NP relationship; the four common tensions. It posits that the position of national parliaments in the Union is contested, and is best explained as a series of tensions common to different interactions between national parliaments and the Union. This framework can be used to describe the different contexts and perspectives relevant to the EU-NP relationship and develops a nuanced lens through which to view the topic. Third, the thesis orientates its analysis around the Lisbon Treaty. It asks what the position of national parliaments in the Union was prior to the enactment of the Lisbon Treaty and analyses the developments that have taken place since. This allows the thesis to reflect broadly on how the Treaty has affected the EU-NP relationship across different areas of enquiry using the analytical framework of the common tensions.
Supervisor: Horsley, Thomas Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral