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MEPs and the building of a 'parliamentary Europe'

Scully, Roger 1998. MEPs and the building of a 'parliamentary Europe'. The Journal of Legislative Studies 4 (3) , pp. 92-108. 10.1080/13572339808420566

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The European Parliament (EP) has become significantly more important in the last ten to 15 years. Little attention has thus far been paid, however, to one crucial element in this story: the consistent support of the majority of EP members (MEPs) for a strategy of parliamentary assertiveness. This note investigates the factors influencing MEPs’ behaviour in a series of key parliamentary divisions, where issues concerning the assertiveness of the parliament were at question. Contrary to much speculation, more experienced MEPs do not appear to become socialised into more hard‐line attitudes. Rather, factors relating to members’ partisan status and nationality are the major determinants of support for enhancing the status of the EP. The findings are argued to suggest important implications for both the EP and the European Union as a whole.

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 05:10

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