Electing the European Parliament: How Uniform are 'Uniform' Electoral Systems?

16 Pages Posted: 22 Dec 2005

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David M. Farrell

University of Manchester - School of Social Sciences

Roger Scully

University of Wales, Aberystwyth

Abstract

In 2002 agreement was reached on new uniform electoral procedures for European Parliament elections. This article does two things. First, it provides a comprehensive account of the rules under which the EP was elected in 2004, revealing a high degree of continuing variability in the existing electoral systems across all 25 Member States. Second, it addresses the question: if the electoral systems vary in form, do they also differ significantly in their effects?

Suggested Citation

Farrell, David M. and Scully, Roger, Electing the European Parliament: How Uniform are 'Uniform' Electoral Systems?. Journal of Common Market Studies, Vol. 43, No. 5, pp. 969-984, December 2005. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=857634 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-5965.2005.00604.x

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