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


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.
Klassifikation politische Willensbildung, politische Soziologie, politische Kultur; Europapolitik
Freie Schlagwörter committees; European Parliament; legislatures; national party delegations; roll-call votes;
Sprache Dokument Englisch
Publikationsjahr 2005
Seitenangabe S. 5-28
Zeitschriftentitel European Union Politics, 6 (2005) 1
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1465116505049606
Status Postprint; begutachtet (peer reviewed)
Lizenz PEER Licence Agreement (applicable only to documents from PEER project)