The Italian Parliament in the European Union (Parliamentary Democracy in Europe #2) (Hardcover)

The Italian Parliament in the European Union (Parliamentary Democracy in Europe #2) By Nicola Lupo (Editor), Giovanni Piccirilli (Editor) Cover Image
By Nicola Lupo (Editor), Giovanni Piccirilli (Editor)
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This is book number 2 in the Parliamentary Democracy in Europe series.


"The Lisbon Treaty states that national Parliaments shall contribute to a better functioning of the EU. Can they really do it and therefore enrich the European democracy? How far can they extend their original sovereignty without distorting political responsibilities that should be geared upon the European Parliament? The authors analyze the experience of the Italian Parliament under the light of these crucial questions and their exhaustive answers are greatly helpful to the readers of all over Europe."Giuliano Amato, Judge of the Italian Constitutional Court.This important new collection explores the role of the Italian Parliament in the Euro-national parliamentary system as an example of an increased role for national parliaments within the composite European constitutional order. It illustrates how parliamentary interactions within the European Union are highly systematic, with integrated procedures and mutual interdependence between the various institutions and stakeholders. The book argues that this dynamic is vital for both the functioning and the future equilibrium of democracy in the EU. This is significant, particularly given the challenges posed to democracy within the EU institutions and the Member States. Notwithstanding its peculiarities (a symmetrical bicameral system in which both Houses are directly elected, hold the same powers and are linked through a confidence relationship with the government), the Italian Parliament deserves specific attention as a lively active player of the European polity. The grid for its analysis proposed by this collection may also be applied to other national parliaments, so contributing to the development of comparative research in this field.

About the Author

Nicola Lupo is Professor of Public Law at LUISS Guido Carli University of Rome.Giovanni Piccirilli is Assistant Professor of Constitutional Law at LUISS Guido Carli University of Rome.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781782258735
ISBN-10: 1782258736
Publisher: Hart Publishing
Publication Date: October 5th, 2017
Pages: 384
Language: English
Series: Parliamentary Democracy in Europe