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Governance, Accountability, and Political Legitimacy: Who participates in European Parliaments Hearings

Coen, D; Katsaitis, A; (2021) Governance, Accountability, and Political Legitimacy: Who participates in European Parliaments Hearings. Journal of European Integration 10.1080/07036337.2021.1922898. (In press).

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Abstract

The Europeanization of economic and financial governance poses a legitimacy question for the European Parliament (EP). Drawing from theories on resource-exchange and institutional legitimacy, we argue that committee hearings allow the EP to demonstrate its relevance as a political authority. We test our argument, focusing on the Committee on Economic & Monetary Affairs (ECON). Through an unprecedented systematic analysis of its hearings; we provide a fine-grained identification of all participants across two legislatures (2004-2014). We observe a considerable shift in the use of hearings from the 6th to the 7th legislature, reflected in the increase of events and participants. While business interests retain a strong presence, the participants’ composition changes substantially. Research organizations and EU-level executive bodies saw the largest increase. Conversely, national level executive bodies saw a decrease in participation. Theoretically, we examine an understudied area of European governance, while contributing to discussions on interest group access, agency accountability, and deliberative procedures.

Type: Article
Title: Governance, Accountability, and Political Legitimacy: Who participates in European Parliaments Hearings
DOI: 10.1080/07036337.2021.1922898
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1080/07036337.2021.1922898
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: European Parliament, Committee Hearings, Interest Groups, Governance, Legitimacy
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Dept of Political Science
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10126966
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