Role Orientations in Parliaments

Richard S. Katz

in The European Parliament, National Parliaments, and European Integration

Published in print June 1999 | ISBN: 9780198296607
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191599620 | DOI:
 Role Orientations in Parliaments

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The mix of role orientations present in the membership of a parliament has a significant impact on the way in which that parliament meshes with the other institutions of the political system. The limitations of the survey data used are emphasized, given the complexity of the process by which an individual comes to hold a particular role orientation. This kept in mind, the analysis reveals that the MEPs who are the most ‘partisan’ in their orientation are the ones less supportive on increasing the intensity of the powers of the EU institutions. Conversely, the most European MEPs tend to hold technocratic role orientations. Therefore, the democratic deficit cannot be addressed simply by getting more ‘partisan’ legislators.

Keywords: democratic deficit; role orientations

Chapter.  8824 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: European Union

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