Is Euro-voting truly supranational? : national affiliation and political group membership in the European Parliament
Title: Is Euro-voting truly supranational? : national affiliation and political group membership in the European Parliament
Author: CICCHI, Lorenzo
Citation: Pisa : Pisa University Press, 2016, Scienza politica ; 9
This book aims at investigating the voting behaviour of Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) through the analysis of voting records, existing surveys and original survey data. As the European Parliament’s centrality within the European Union’s institutional structure has increased, its political groups have been generally described as cohesive actors: MEPs from the same political group are likely to vote together, regardless of their nationality. Yet, this tells us only part of the story: what happens when particular interests trigger contrasts between European and national allegiances? Is the European Parliament truly supranational or do national dynamics still exist at European level? And, in this second case, to what extent? This study aims at answering these questions through an innovative mixed-method approach. In particular, new data from an original survey is used to integrate traditional quantitative methods of parliamentary behaviour analysis. Finally, this is coupled with an in-depth qualitative assessment of the empirical data. This book contributes to the literature by providing a refined theory of voting behaviour in the European Parliament and original evidence on the recurrent question of political group membership versus national affiliation. It can be of interest to scholars of voting behaviour as well as to practitioners concerned with the internal dynamics of the European Parliament.
Table of Contents:
-- Introduction -- Chapter One : Evolution Of Party Politics, Representation, And Voting Behaviour Theories At The Eu Level -- Chapter Two : Analysis Of Outliers: When European Political Group Lines Break Down -- Chapter Three : Legislative Behaviour And Ep Committees: A Critical Analysis Of Roll-Call Votes -- Chapter Four : When Nationality Prevails: Meps’ Loyalty And Rebelliousness Towards European Political Groups -- Chapter Five : From Survey To Votes: A Comparison Between Meps’ Preferences And Behaviour -- Chapter Six : Deepening The Knowledge Of Meps’ Voting Behaviour: Qualitative Insights From Original Data -- Conclusions -- References