The European Parliament: Power, Responsiveness, Image, and Participation

Jean Blondel, Richard Sinnott and Palle Svensson

in People and Parliament in the European Union

Published in print July 1998 | ISBN: 9780198293088
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191598814 | DOI:
 The European Parliament: Power, Responsiveness, Image, and Participation

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Examines perceptions of the power and reliability of the European Parliament and affective images of the Parliament as measured by an open‐ended, likes–dislikes question. As with the previous chapters, the relationship between such perceptions and images and participation/abstention in European Parliament elections is considered, with particular reference to the implications of the evidence for the second‐order‐election model.

Keywords: abstention; elections; European Parliament; images; likes–dislikes; open‐ended question; participation; perceptions of power; second‐order‐election model; turnout

Chapter.  9891 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Politics

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