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Consensus and compromise become ordinary – but at what cost? A critical analysis of the impact of the changing norms of co-decision upon European Parliament committees

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JournalJournal of European Public Policy
DateE-pub ahead of print - 27 Jun 2013
DatePublished (current) - Aug 2013
Issue number7
Number of pages18
Pages (from-to)988-1005
Early online date27/06/13
Original languageEnglish


Committees are the repositories of policy expertise within the European Parliament and have played a key role in shaping the institution’s influence. However, they face a number of challenges, two of which are explored in this article: the use of early agreements under co-decision and the involvement of multiple committees in decision-making. Hypotheses about the likely impact of these twin challenges are developed and tested against the European Climate Change Package. Analysis reveals both conflict and the erosion of the lead committee’s influence in one case, which raises questions about the ability of committees to continue to fulfil their expertise function. However, the overall picture to emerge is one of successful inter-committee cooperation.


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