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In the spotlight, or behind the scenes? The European Parliament as an actor in Article 50 withdrawal negotiations



Year of publication 2021
Type Article in Periodical
Magazine / Source Journal of Contemporary European Studies
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Social Studies

Keywords European Parliament; Brexit; withdrawal negotiations; actorness
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Description The article researches the performance of the European Parliament (EP) in the Article 50 withdrawal negotiations. Drawing upon insights from the actorness concept, the inquiry assesses the EP’s performance on the basis of Kaunert’s, Léonard’s and MacKenzie’s conceptualisation of actorness, i.e. in terms of the six variables of capacity, legitimacy, initiative, autonomy, cohesion and recognition. The paper finds that, within the Article 50 negotiations, the EP established itself as a distinct, ambitious actor in its own right, with its actorness being a complex reality that manifested in a number of ways.
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