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National Parties in the European Parliament : An influence in the Committee System?

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Whitaker, Richard

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Abstract The European Parliament’s increased legislative role in recent years means that its actions are now more likely to have an impact on national parties’ policy choices and, indirectly, on their electoral fortunes. This article examines the extent to which national party delegations deal with this by ensuring representativeness among their committee contingents. Using a technique borrowed from Cox and McCubbins (1993), the article compares the voting behaviour of committee contingents with their national party delegations on the basis of roll-call votes. The analysis shows that, for the most part, national parties ensure higher levels of representativeness on committees that have legislative power. The results support the assertion that, as the European Parliament’s actions matter more, national parties have become more concerned with their MEPs’ activities.
Classification Political Process, Elections, Political Sociology, Political Culture; European Politics
Free Keywords committees; European Parliament; legislatures; national party delegations; roll-call votes;
Document language English
Publication Year 2005
Page/Pages p. 5-28
Journal European Union Politics, 6 (2005) 1
Status Postprint; peer reviewed
Licence PEER Licence Agreement (applicable only to documents from PEER project)