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The world of committee reports: rapporteurship assignment in the European Parliament

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Abstract:

The academic world has shown increasing interest in the European Parliament (EP), but still more has to be done to open the ‘black box' of its micro-management. This study is an attempt to show that puzzles in the internal workings of the EP are far from being solved or understood. Its purpose is three-pronged: First, it illustrates that the world of committee reports is characterised by disproportionality which contradicts the overall principle laid down in the standing rules of the EP. Second, the study attempts to explain and understand rapporteurship allocation. Focusing on the consumer and environment committee in the fourth term of the EP, the results indicate that the group of rapporteurs consists of members with high demands for the policy in their jurisdiction. Its preferences systematically differ from those of the legislature as a whole. Third, this article discusses four aspects that deserve further elaboration in future studies on the EP's internal organisation.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/13572330500158243

Publication date: 2005-03-01

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