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LUISS Guido Carli

Parliamentary Democracy in Europe: Parliaments, Democratic Accountability and Budgetary Powers

This summer program applies research-based knowledge to the actual contexts where the European Parliament and national parliaments as well as executives operate nowadays when exercising budgetary powers, also in the light of the Euro-crisis.

It aims to explore the tension between democracy and technocracy in the EU and its Member States and to analyze how the chain of parliamentary accountability works when it comes to budgetary policies.

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The Summer Program on Parliamentary Democracy in Europe, sponsored by the LUISS School of Government, is designed for:

  • graduates, doctoral students and post-docs active in the field of parliamentary and European Union studies (preferably with a background in social sciences) 
  • civil servants from European institutions and bodies, from international organizations, and from national and subnational institutions in Member States and from third countries 
  • lobbyists and public affairs professionals who want to acquire advanced knowledge on the exercise of budgetary powers, at national and European level
Dates July 10-21, 2017
Location Rome
Credits 4 ECTS per week
Level Participants must hold a bachelor's degree or have completed the third year of a law program
Course leaders Nicola Lupo, Professor of Public Law
Deadline April 9, 2017

The program and the associated Jean Monnet Module on Parliamentary Accountability and Technical Expertise: Budgetary Powers, Information and Communication TEchnologies and Elections intend to cope with one of the challenges parliamentary accountability is 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?

Teaching and training sessions

  • Lectures on theoretical framework and conceptual analysis instrumental to fully exploit the other academic activities
  • Seminars, typically focused on a comparative overview of notions and concepts dealt with in lectures
  • Training sessions, also with simulation exercises, to develop practical skills
  • Guest professional seminar series, to move the participants closer to the institutional reality and policy-making by focusing on case studies
  • Visit study of the participants to institutions and public bodies placed in Rome whose work is directly linked to the theme of the Program
  • Webinars, where academics from different disciplines are invited to confront with an interdisciplinary subject like the reform of budgetary powers, involving participants in brainstorming activities

The following topics are addressed

  • The budget as a democratic instrument
  • Constitutional limits to budgetary policies and the lessons drawn from outside Europe
  • Comparing the role of executives national budgetary procedures
  • National parliaments in the European semester
  • The practice of the economic (and monetary) dialogue between the European Parliament, the European Commission and the European Central Bank
  • The Inter-parliamentary Conference on Stability, Economic Coordination and Governance in the European Union
  • The implementation of the Five Presidents’ Report of 2015;
  • Independent fiscal institutions
  • Parliaments and courts in the Eurozone crisis
  • Fiscal implications of court rulings
  • Evolution of the EU budget and the role of the European Parliament
  • The multiannual financial framework and the system of own resources
  • The discharge procedure
  • Reform of the EU budget

This intensive summer course is organized in cooperation with LUISS Centre for Parliamentary StudiesCEUR Foundation, International Political Science Association (IPSA)SciencesPo - Centre d'études européennes, and ULB, Université Libre de Bruxelles.

Fees

One week
  • €650 excluding accomodation
  • €1,000 including accomodation (check in on the Saturday before the course, check out on Saturday after course)
Two weeks
  • €1,000 excluding accommodation
  • €1,500 including accommodation (check in on the Saturday before the course, check out on Saturday after course)

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