April 19, 2013 - Lecture

The European Parliament after Lisbon (and before)

Speaker: Simon Hug,  Department of Political Science, University of Geneva.

The talk will follow Marina Costa Lobo's talk (University of Lisbon) entitled «The importance of leaders in the Portuguese elections 2002-2011 – Magnitude and individual contexts» which is held at 2 P.M.. The talks are followed by a reception. See details.

Event organized in collaboration with the Centre for the Study of Democratic Citizenship (CSDC).

Dr Simon Hug (PhD, University of Michigan) is Professor of Political Science at the University of Geneva. He has published numerous articles in highly ranked journals on methodology, formal theory, comparative politics, and legislative voting. He has been / is member of the editorial board Electoral Studies, European Union Politics, International Interactions, Journal of Politics, Legislative Studies Quartery, Swiss Political Science Review.

Abstract: The Lisbon treaty, by generalizing the co-decision procedure, has led in several issue areas to an increased implication of the European parliament (EP) in decision-making processes. While some scholars take  this as evidence that the European Union has become more democratic, probably a minor change in the EP's Rules of procedure may potentially reinforce accountability even more strongly. This rule change ensures that all final passage votes are carried out by roll call, thus allowing  citizens to be informed about their members of the EP's (MEPs') decisions. Simon Hug assesses whether party group pressure varies between final passage votes and in other legislative votes taken in the EP.

From 3 to 4 P.M.

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