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THE INSTITUTIONAL CONTEXT—EUROPE'S ELECTED PARLIAMENT

Roger Scully

in Becoming Europeans?

Published in print August 2005 | ISBN: 9780199284320
Published online February 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780191603365 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199284326.003.0002
THE INSTITUTIONAL CONTEXT—EUROPE'S ELECTED PARLIAMENT

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This chapter establishes the context for the study. It first provides a historical overview of the development of the European Parliament, focussing particularly on the growth in the parliament’s powers. The discussion then moves on to examining the main features of the Parliament's internal organisation. The third section of the chapter draws on in-depth interviews conducted with a large number of MEPs, where politicians’ own views of the prevalence of socialisation effects within the EP were sought. While many believe that MEPs do become more European-minded in various senses, the final section of the chapter explains why one cannot rest content with this evidence. It argues that there is a need for further study both to consider the theoretical basis for any hypothesised socialisation effects, and to examine other empirical evidence to assess whether such effects are actually manifested.

Keywords: European Parliament; internal organisation; MEPs; institutional socialisation

Chapter.  7767 words. 

Subjects: European Union

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