The Lisbon Treaty provides national parliaments (NPs) with a formal role in the European Union in order to overcome the democratic deficit. Yet, this role rests upon ambiguous grounds and has major shortcomings. After situating the democratic deficit from the perspective of representative democracy, this paper discusses the conceptual, historical and empirical ambiguities of the role of NPs
Benvenuti, S. (2017). The Role of National Parliaments in the EU: Thoughts on Its Ambiguities and Shortcomings. MASARYKůV SBORNÍK(4), 1-20.