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<b>Investigating MEPs' Attitudes</b>

Roger Scully

in Becoming Europeans?

Published in print August 2005 | ISBN: 9780199284320
Published online February 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780191603365 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199284326.003.0005
 						Investigating MEPs' Attitudes

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This chapter examines survey evidence regarding the potential impact of institutional socialisation processes in the European Parliament on MEPs’ attitudes. Parliamentarians’ opinions on a variety of matters related to the development of European integration are explored. A direct comparison of MEPs with members of national parliaments shows no substantial relationship between service in the EP and more ‘pro-European’ views. And a more detailed assessment, concentrating solely on EP members, finds that those who have been in the parliament for a greater length of time — and thus have had a greater exposure to the putative impact of institutional socialisation — are no more likely to claim a ‘European’ identity, or to favour the deepening of integration or the extension of the powers of the EP, than their less experienced colleagues.

Keywords: survey data; MEPs; national parliamentarians; attitudes; empirical analysis

Chapter.  7954 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: European Union

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