Auto Emissions and the European Parliament: A Test of the Single European Act

Published 01 Jan 1990
Reference 151
Region Europe

Describes the development of auto emission standards for the European Community as an example of how Parliament functions, given its new powers under the Single European Act. An array of political, institutional, corporate and ideological influences on the body are considered.

Teaching objectives

Present the political and business climate up to the 1988 vote on auto emissions; students then re-enact the auto emissions debate and reconstruct political positions held by various parliamentary factions. The aim is to have students think through the motives and considerations faced by public figures when making major policy decisions.