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Electoral reform and the British MEP

Farrell, David M. and Scully, Roger 2003. Electoral reform and the British MEP. The Journal of Legislative Studies 9 (1) , pp. 14-36. 10.1080/13523270300660002

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After many years in which the subject was of marginal concern, electoral reform has recently become of central importance to politics in the UK. In this paper we examine the consequences for political representation of the electoral reform introduced in Britain for the 1999 elections to the European Parliament. We find that the immediate consequences of reform for the partisan balance and ‘representativeness’ of the British contingent in the EP were very much as expected. However, both qualitative and quantitative evidence suggest that the impact of reform on the representative priorities of British MEPs has been more partial, as parliamentarians have sought to adapt to the challenge of representing multi-member regions.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Department of Politics and International Relations (POLIR)
Subjects: J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe)
Publisher: Routledge
ISSN: 1357-2334
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 05:09

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