Parliaments, democratic accountability and budgetary powers: summer school in Rome, July 2017

The summer program on “Parliamentary democracy in Europe” and the Jean Monnet module associated to it intend to cope with one of the challenges Parliaments are currently facing: the increase in the number and scope of highly technical decisions normally taken outside parliaments or where parliaments certainly do not play the role of main decision-makers. The new EU intergovernmentalism and the powers conferred or exercised by independent and technical institutions, the unprecedented design of the budgetary procedures and of the budgets partly at European level and partly at national level leave Parliaments with a narrow margin of manoeuvre to control crucial decisions for their polities.

What is left of the principle of “no taxation without representation”? How is the chain of democratic accountability on the exercise of budgetary powers designed? Does it work effectively?

This summer program untangles these issues and provides its participants with a map of the current state of democracy at EU and national level, under the perspective of the parliaments of Europe, national governments, and EU institutions, notably the European Commission, the Council and the European Central Bank.

Participants will be provided with knowledge and expertise that will allow them to understand and interpret the complex role of these institutions exercising budgetary powers. The Faculty, which includes senior and junior academics from law, political sciences and economics and experienced officials from European and national institutions, reflects the need to combine theory with practice in understanding the future of Europe’s democracy and the interplay between national and EU institutions in budgetary procedures.

This Summer Program has been awarded as a Jean Monnet module on “Parliamentary accountability and technical expertise: budgetary powers, information and communication technologies and elections (PATEU)” co-financed by the European Commission (1st year). Previously it was a awarded as a Jean Monnet Module from 2013 to 2015 and in 2015 was chosen as the winner of the PADEMIA teaching award.

More information can be found here.

Posted by Paul Stephenson on behalf of Diane Fromage.

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