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Incrementalism and Path Dependence: \ud European Integration and Institutional Change in National Parliaments

By Dionyssis G. Dimitrakopoulos


This article analyses the manner in which the Parliaments of France, the UK and Greece have reacted to the process of European integration. It is argued that their reactions display an incremental logic marked by slow, small and marginal changes based on existing institutional repertoires. In all three cases Parliaments have used familiar mechanisms and procedures which they have modified only marginally. This reaction was path dependent, i.e. it was consistent with long-established patterns reflecting the subordinate position of these Parliaments within national polities

Topics: polsoc
Publisher: Wiley
Year: 2001
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