European Legislative Politics Research Group








European Legislative Politics Research Group: Aims and Activities

The European Legislative Politics Research Group (ELPRG) was founded in October 2006 by Anne Rasmussen and Bjorn Lindbirg. It brings together younger scholars (see Members) with a common interest in legislative politics in the European Union (EU). The aim of the research group is to further our understanding of EU legislative politics, i.e. of the interaction between the EU institutions in the legislative decision-making processes. The group examines both inter-institutional relations between the European institutions and intra-institutional politics within them, covering all institutions and all stages of the process.

There has been a significant increase in delegation of vital legislative competences to the European institutions since the start of the European Community. This means that the European Union (EU) now increasingly functions like a domestic political system that produces legislative output with significant impact on the daily lives of millions of citizens. These developments have given rise to an EU literature of legislative politics, which distinguishes itself from a large share of the remaining EU literature. Hence, instead of being concerned with the grand theories of the European integration process as such, it draws on theoretical input from the area of comparative politics. Studies of EU legislative politics have generated important insights, but there are still significant gaps in the literature which ought to be addressed in future research. Hence, whereas the focus has primarily been on studying the inter-institutional legislative processes between the EU institutions as unitary actors, it is only recently that studies have started to examine intra-institutional politics within the Commission, the Council, and the European Parliament. There is a need to expand on this literature, and to examine closer how the processes of inter- and intra-institutional politics are linked.

To advance the research agenda on European legislative politics we are

  • Sharing our existing knowledge and data, and co-ordinate collection of new data (see Data),

  • Co-ordinating our individual research projects and develop collaborative research agendas (see Activities),

  • Discussing our work at research workshops (see Activities),

  • Organizing panels at international conferences (see Activities)

The group includes members with an active interest in the scientific study of legislative politics and a publication record within the field. We welcome researchers using both quantitative and qualitative methods based on rigorous theorizing and systematic empirical research. Group activities are organized on a regular basis and are not only open to group members but also to junior researchers within the field that share the interests of the group.

Please contact Anne Rasmussen or Andreas Warntjen for further information.

European Legislative Politics Research Group

c/o Anne Rasmussen
Department of Political Science, University of Copenhagen
Oster Farimagsgade 5, opg E,

DK-1353 Copenhagen

E-mail: ar@ifs.ku.dk

European Legislative Politics Research Group

c/o Andreas Warntjen
University of Twente
Department of Political Science and Research Methods
P.O. Box 217
7500 AE Enschede
The Netherlands