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4 Drivers of political parties’ voting behaviour in European economic governance The ultimate decline of the economic cleavage? Introduction Since the outbreak of the European financial crisis national parliamentary parties have been involved in approving the new legal and policy measures reforming European economic governance. The new role has been particularly . . . Read more
6 Macroeconomic preferences of national parliamentary parties1 Introduction The fourth and the fifth chapter of this book analyzed how parliamentary parties voted on anti-crisis measures and why they supported or rejected them. The analysis of voting behaviour established that the dominant explanatory variable has been political parties’ position on European integration. . . . Read more
2 European financial crisis Dominant narratives and the legal status of anti-crisis measures The European financial crisis When does the narrative of the European financial crisis start? Is it with the first bailout loan granted to Greece in May 2010, the introduction of the European Stimulus Plan in November 2008 or . . . Read more
1 Introduction National parliaments in the reform of European economic governance: talking shops or deliberative bodies? Parliament is a deliberative assembly… . government and legislation are matters of reason and judgment, and not of inclination; and what sort of reason is that, in which the determination precedes the discussion; in which . . . Read more
5 Parliamentary parties’ discourses on anti-crisis measures Between solidarity and particularistic interest1 Introduction This chapter addresses the following questions: what were the major reasons that stood behind support or rejection of anti-crisis measures among national parliamentary parties? How convergent or divergent were parties in their choice of arguments supporting or rejecting . . . Read more