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Evidence from Voting Behaviour

Roger Scully

in Becoming Europeans?

Published in print August 2005 | ISBN: 9780199284320
Published online February 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780191603365 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199284326.003.0006
 						Evidence from Voting Behaviour

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This chapter examines empirical evidence on MEPs’ behaviour inside the European Parliament. Multivariate analysis of behaviour on several key votes in the chamber directly concerned with the advancement of European integration demonstrates there to be no consistent relationship between greater experience in the chamber (and thus longer exposure to the forces of socialization) and support for advancing European unity. A time-series analysis of the behaviour of new MEPs during the first months of the 1999-2004 parliament shows no tendency for them to become increasingly likely to side with their European rather than national party colleagues when these two forms of party loyalty come into conflict.

Keywords: voting behaviour; empirical analysis; MEP; European Parliament

Chapter.  5563 words. 

Subjects: European Union

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