Show Summary Details

Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD HANDBOOKS ONLINE (www.oxfordhandbooks.com). © Oxford University Press, 2018. All Rights Reserved. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a title in Oxford Handbooks Online for personal use (for details see Privacy Policy and Legal Notice).

date: 19 November 2019

Abstract and Keywords

Initially a purely consultative body with members seconded from national parliaments, the European Parliament is now vested with significant legislative, control, and budgetary powers. It shapes EU laws, particularly through the co-decision procedure; is involved in the appointment of the Commission and can force the latter to resign; and decides on the EU's annual budget with the Council. The Parliament has also been directly elected since 1979, with 736 MEPs elected in the seventh round of elections held in 2009. This article examines the state of scholarly understanding on the European Parliament. It begins by focusing on direct elections. The article then turns to the Parliament's party groups before exploring committees and the Parliament's inter-institutional relations with the Council and the Commission. The concluding discussion suggests some avenues for further research.

Keywords: EU law, European Commission, annual budget, direct elections, party groups, inter-institutional relations

Access to the complete content on Oxford Handbooks Online requires a subscription or purchase. Public users are able to search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter without a subscription.

Please subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you have purchased a print title that contains an access token, please see the token for information about how to register your code.

For questions on access or troubleshooting, please check our FAQs, and if you can''t find the answer there, please contact us.