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The European Parliament: one parliament, several modes of political representation on the ground?

Farrell, D. M. and Scully, Roger 2010. The European Parliament: one parliament, several modes of political representation on the ground? Journal of European Public Policy 17 (1) , pp. 36-54. 10.1080/13501760903465173

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Abstract

In this article we explore the potential for electoral systems to influence the attitudes and behaviour of elected representatives. Focusing on what we term ‘geographical representation’, or representation on the ground, we consider how variation in electoral systems may be expected to relate to different forms of, and priorities in, political representation. We then explain how – European Union (EU) legislation on ‘uniform electoral procedures’ notwithstanding – the European Parliament (EP) offers a uniquely powerful research site for investigating these questions. Finally, we explore recent survey evidence on Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) which suggests that, in several respects, electoral system variation does shape how they understand, and seek to carry out, their role as elected representatives.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Department of Politics and International Relations (POLIR)
Subjects: J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Electoral systems, European Parliament, parliamentary representation
Publisher: Routledge
ISSN: 1350-1763
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 04:03
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/31862

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