National or European Parliamentarians? Evidence from a New Survey of the Members of the European Parliament

14 Pages Posted: 9 Jun 2012

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Roger Scully

University of Wales, Aberystwyth

Simon Hix

London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE) - Department of Government

David M. Farrell

University of Manchester - School of Social Sciences

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Date Written: July 2012

Abstract

This article presents findings from a new survey of Members of the European Parliament (MEPs), conducted in 2010. It explains the purpose of the survey, its content, the survey methodology and the potential limitations of the sample obtained. The article then presents results from the survey to explore the determinants of MEPs' policy preferences and, more specifically, whether MEPs from recent enlargement states continue to differ from those of longer‐standing EU Member States. The findings here indicate that ‘enlargement’ MEPs remain somewhat farther to the right, but are no longer more cautious about integration. The results also reinforce the importance of ideology, even more than nationality, as a factor underpinning MEPs' political attitudes.

Suggested Citation

Scully, Roger and Hix, Simon and Farrell, David M., National or European Parliamentarians? Evidence from a New Survey of the Members of the European Parliament (July 2012). JCMS: Journal of Common Market Studies, Vol. 50, Issue 4, pp. 670-683, 2012. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2080377 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-5965.2012.02250.x

Roger Scully (Contact Author)

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Simon Hix

London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE) - Department of Government ( email )

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David M. Farrell

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