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date: 15 November 2018

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This article focuses on the institutional change in the governance of the European Union (EU), focusing on the implementing powers of the European Commission and the European Parliament. It suggests that the way the European Parliament gained co-equal rights in comitology with the Council of Ministers can be explained by rational choice institutionalism and distributive bargaining theory. The article summarizes the literature, explaining why delegation to comitology took place and why it developed specific governance rules, and also explains why the Parliament's power increased under these rules.

Keywords: governance, European Union, European Commission, European Parliament, comitology, Council of Ministers, institutionalism, bargaining theory

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