Palgrave Studies in European Union Politics

The Parliamentary Roots of European Social Policy

Turning Talk into Power

Authors: Roos, Mechthild

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  • Offers a major re-interpretation of the EP’s strong and proactive role in the creation of a European social dimension
  • Is based on a data set of approximately 4,000 EP documents from the period 1952-1979 as well as on 24 semi-structured interviews with former MEPs and EP staff
  • Combines established (archival research and content analysis) and rather novel methodological techniques (oral history) from History and Political Science
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The European Parliament (EP) – a powerful actor in today's European Union – was not intended to be more than a consultative assembly at first. Yet this book shows that the EP was much more influential in shaping Community policy in the early years of the integration process than either the founding Treaties or most existing scholarship would allow. It studies the EP’s institutional evolution through the lens of Community social policy, a policy area with a particularly strong ideational dimension. By promoting a European social dimension, Members of the EP (MEPs) presented the Parliament as the true representative of European citizens by channelling their interests and needs. MEPs thus emphasised the EP’s role as a provider of democratic legitimacy for Community politics, whilst at the same time trying to convince European citizens that the Communities could have a real and positive impact on their everyday lives.

About the authors

Mechthild Roos is Lecturer in Comparative Politics, Augsburg University, Germany.

Reviews

"There are two preconceived notions about the European Parliament in its early decades of existence: There is no good reason to care about the Parliament before it was granted ‘real’ powers in the late 1980s. And no one should obviously expect a weak Parliament to have any effective say over a policy where Community prerogatives are already weak, as is the case in social policy. Mechthild Roos’ remarkable book challenges these two notions and demonstrates how a perfect marriage between political science and contemporary history looks like: She shows with analytical clarity and supported by empirically rich case studies that the young Parliament developed many of the institutional norms and practices that influenced its future trajectory. Fascinating are the accounts of how a small, self-selected group of personalities, at times, succeeded in socializing its peers to become daring and politically successful pro-European activists. A must read for any EU politics and integration buff.“

Berthold Rittberger, Chair of Political Science and International Relations at Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, Germany.


“This is a superb work of exceptional scholarship: meticulously researched, persuasively argued, and beautifully written by an outstanding historian of European political and economic integration. It tells the story of the rise of the European Parliament through the emergence of European-level social policy, and the emergence of European-level social policy through the rise of the European Parliament. Roos blends ideas, institutions, personalities, policies, and politics into a fascinating account of early European Union history.”

 —Desmond Dinan, Professor of Public Policy and Jean Monnet Chair in European Public Policy at George Mason University, Virginia, USA.


“The institutional development and political influence of the European Parliament has been a core staple of EU research, but until now the focus has been almost exclusively on the period after direct elections in 1979. With this meticulously researched book Roos employs the tools of both historical analysis and political science to demonstrate not only the substantive policy influence of the EP in the realm of social policy during these early years, but also the important role played by MEPs themselves in pushing for increased institutional power and European integration. By providing us with new insights into the internal organization, broad political goals and tangible policy influence of the early European Parliament Roos provides significant new insights into the origins of the eventual formalization of EP powers in the decades after direct elections. This book is an important, and long overdue, contribution to the study of the European Parliament and the institutional evolution of the European Union more generally.”

Amie Kreppel, Jean Monnet Chair (ad personam), Director Center for European Studies and Professor of Political Science at University of Florida, USA.

 

Table of contents (8 chapters)

Table of contents (8 chapters)
  • Introduction: The Parliamentarisation of a Consultative Assembly

    Pages 1-34

    Roos, Mechthild

  • Conceptualising the European Parliament’s Gain in Power, 1952–1979

    Pages 35-66

    Roos, Mechthild

  • The Institutional Evolution of the European Parliament Prior to 1979

    Pages 67-125

    Roos, Mechthild

  • Creating a Borderless Europe: The European Parliament’s Activism in the Pursuit of a Free Movement of Persons

    Pages 127-170

    Roos, Mechthild

  • Emancipating Europe: The European Parliament’s Involvement in Community Equality Policy

    Pages 171-206

    Roos, Mechthild

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eBook 85,59 €
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Hardcover 103,99 €
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Parliamentary Roots of European Social Policy
Book Subtitle
Turning Talk into Power
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in European Union Politics
Copyright
2021
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-78233-7
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-78233-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-78232-0
Series ISSN
2662-5873
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIX, 312
Number of Illustrations
4 b/w illustrations, 6 illustrations in colour
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