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Research on the intra-institutional consequences of differences in the EUs inter-institutional rule configurations is rare. This paper investigates the effect of the empowerment of the European Parliament (EP) on the active involvement of ministers in Council decision-making. The author argues that the empowerment of the EP increases the incentives for bureaucrats in the Council's preparatory bodies to refer decisions on legislative dossiers to ministers. The empirical analysis examines this argument with data on more than 6000 legislative decision-making processes that were concluded between 1980 and the end of 2007.
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