Observatory of Parliaments after Lisbon

The OPAL project involved researchers from five different European universities and was funded an Open Research Area Fund (ARN-DFG-ESRC-NWO). I was member of the research team at the Jean Monnet Chair of Prof Wolfgang Wessels, Political Science Department, University of Cologne. Our research was funded by the DFG [WE 954/13-1]. This project was concluded in 2014.

Our research team was interested in the activities and strategies of national parliaments and their members beyond the domestic arena in order to influence EU policy making. With the Lisbon Treaty the EU political system has become ever more complex, but at the same more opportunities for direct impact on EU policy-making have emerged, such as the Early Warning Mechanism and inter-parliamentary co-operation. We studied the conditions under which national parliaments become active in this respect, compared their activities over time and across EU member states and evaluated their impact.

Blog post:

Gattermann, K. and Hefftler, C. (20 March 2015). Political motivation is crucial for parliamentary behaviour in the EU’s Early Warning System, Democratic Audit UK

Major publications:

Gattermann, K., Högenauer, A.-L. and Huff, A. (2016). Research note: Studying a new phase of Europeanisation of national parliaments, European Political Science 15(1): 89-107

Gattermann, K. and Hefftler, C. (2015). Beyond Institutional Capacity: Political Motivation and Parliamentary Behaviour in the Early Warning System, West European Politics 38(2): 305-334

Hefftler, C. and Gattermann, K. (2015). Inter­parliamentary cooperation in the European Union: Patterns, problems and potential, in Hefftler, C., Neuhold, C., Rozenberg, O. and Smith, J. (eds.) Palgrave Handbook of National Parliaments and the European Union, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 94-115