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Representing Europe's Citizens?: Electoral Institutions and the Failure of Parliamentary Representation

David M. Farrell and Roger Scully

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780199285020
eISBN:
9780191713651
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199285020.001.0001
Subject:
Political Science, Comparative Politics

The past fifteen years have seen declining public support for European integration, and widespread suggestions that a legitimacy crisis faces the European Union (EU). Many in the EU have believed ... More


The European Union and the People

Mette Elise Jolly

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780199213078
eISBN:
9780191707155
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199213078.001.0001
Subject:
Political Science, European Union

The European Union is frequently accused of having a ‘democratic deficit’. Many commentators argue that this could be remedied by increasing the powers of the European Parliament relative to those of ... More


Becoming Europeans?: Attitudes, Behaviour, and Socialization in the European Parliament

Roger Scully

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
February 2006
ISBN:
9780199284320
eISBN:
9780191603365
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0199284326.001.0001
Subject:
Political Science, European Union

Contemporary political science assumes that ‘institutions matter’. But the governing institutions of the European Union are widely presumed to matter more than most. A commonplace assumption about ... More


Democracy and Its Institutions

André Béteille

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780198080961
eISBN:
9780199082049
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198080961.001.0001
Subject:
Sociology, Politics, Social Movements and Social Change

Democracy was inspired by the lofty ideals of the French Revolution: liberty, equality, and fraternity. These ideals led many countries to challenge the absolutist monarchies of the past. In Europe, ... More


Explaining Institutional Change in Europe

Adrienne Heritier

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
May 2007
ISBN:
9780199298129
eISBN:
9780191711633
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199298129.001.0001
Subject:
Political Science, European Union

This book poses the question: how and why do institutions change? Institutions, understood as rules of behaviour constraining and facilitating social interaction, are subject to different forms and ... More


Empirical Cases

Adrienne Héritier

in Explaining Institutional Change in Europe

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
May 2007
ISBN:
9780199298129
eISBN:
9780191711633
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199298129.003.0004
Subject:
Political Science, European Union

This chapter examines the patterns of long-term institutional change which are typical for a number of important institutional rules governing the decision-making process in the European Union. It ... More


Democracy, Legitimacy, and the European Parliament

Roger Scully

in The State of the European Union: Risks, Reform, Resistance, and Revival

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780198297574
eISBN:
9780191598982
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0198297572.003.0012
Subject:
Political Science, European Union

This chapter examines the policy impact and level of support enjoyed by the European Parliament (EP). The EP has failed to secure deep-rooted support among the European public and significant sectors ... More


Eyes Wide Open

Asifa Hussain and William Miller

in Multicultural Nationalism: Islamophobia, Anglophobia, and Devolution

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
September 2006
ISBN:
9780199280711
eISBN:
9780191604102
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0199280711.003.0005
Subject:
Political Science, UK Politics

Majority Scots have less contact, friendship, and knowledge of the minorities than the minorities have of the majority. Minority perceptions of the majority are broadly accurate. In particular, they ... More


After Devolution: Parliament and People

Asifa Hussain and William Miller

in Multicultural Nationalism: Islamophobia, Anglophobia, and Devolution

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
September 2006
ISBN:
9780199280711
eISBN:
9780191604102
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0199280711.003.0009
Subject:
Political Science, UK Politics

‘Multicultural nationalism’ comes very close to being an oxymoron: devolution increased national self-consciousness and 9/11 added to the problems of multiculturalism everywhere, including Scotland. ... More


THE INSTITUTIONAL CONTEXT—EUROPE'S ELECTED PARLIAMENT

Roger Scully

in Becoming Europeans?: Attitudes, Behaviour, and Socialization in the European Parliament

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
February 2006
ISBN:
9780199284320
eISBN:
9780191603365
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0199284326.003.0002
Subject:
Political Science, European Union

This chapter establishes the context for the study. It first provides a historical overview of the development of the European Parliament, focussing particularly on the growth in the parliament’s ... More


Rush to Union: Understanding the European Federal Bargain

David McKay

Published in print:
1996
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198280583
eISBN:
9780191684364
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198280583.001.0001
Subject:
Political Science, European Union

The decision of Maastricht to create a political union and in particular to move towards a single currency constitutes something of an intellectual puzzle. Why did political leaders agree to cede the ... More


Electoral Systems and Party Systems: A Study of Twenty-Seven Democracies, 1945-1990

Arend Lijphart

Published in print:
1994
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198273479
eISBN:
9780191684050
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198273479.001.0001
Subject:
Political Science, Comparative Politics

An electoral system is the most fundamental element of representative democracy, translating citizen's votes into representatives' seats. It is also the most potent practical instrument available to ... More


Whom to Represent? Role Orientations of Legislators in Europe

Bernhard Wessels

in Political Representation and Legitimacy in the European Union

Published in print:
1999
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780198296614
eISBN:
9780191600227
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0198296614.003.0010
Subject:
Political Science, European Union

This chapter is the fifth of six on the question of political representation in the EU. It analyses to what extent institutional differences between the member‐states of the EU are constraining the ... More


Seat Allocation in Federal Second Chambers and the Assemblies of the European Union

Rein Taagepera

in Predicting Party Sizes: The Logic of Simple Electoral Systems

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780199287741
eISBN:
9780191713408
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199287741.003.0016
Subject:
Political Science, Democratization

The number of seats in the European Parliament roughly equals the cube root of the population of the European Union. This theoretically based ‘cube root law of assembly sizes’ also fits most national ... More


A Muslim in Victorian America: The Life of Alexander Russell Webb

Umar F. Abd-Allah

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
September 2006
ISBN:
9780195187281
eISBN:
9780199784875
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195187288.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Islam

Conflicts and controversies at home and abroad have led Americans to focus on Islam more than ever before. Little is known about Islam in Victorian America. This book is a biography of Alexander ... More


Building Europe's Parliament: Democratic Representation Beyond the Nation State

Berthold Rittberger

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
July 2005
ISBN:
9780199273423
eISBN:
9780191602764
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0199273421.001.0001
Subject:
Political Science, European Union

Why have national governments of EU member states created and, over the past fifty years, successively endowed the European Parliament with supervisory, budgetary, and legislative powers? This book ... More


Introduction

Roger Scully

in Becoming Europeans?: Attitudes, Behaviour, and Socialization in the European Parliament

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
February 2006
ISBN:
9780199284320
eISBN:
9780191603365
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0199284326.003.0001
Subject:
Political Science, European Union

This chapter introduces the study by explaining its key questions, and how the book addresses them. The importance of the issue of socialisation within European institutions is discussed and ... More


Evidence from Voting Behaviour

Roger Scully

in Becoming Europeans?: Attitudes, Behaviour, and Socialization in the European Parliament

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
February 2006
ISBN:
9780199284320
eISBN:
9780191603365
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0199284326.003.0006
Subject:
Political Science, European Union

This chapter examines empirical evidence on MEPs’ behaviour inside the European Parliament. Multivariate analysis of behaviour on several key votes in the chamber directly concerned with the ... More


Conclusion—Becoming Europeans?

Roger Scully

in Becoming Europeans?: Attitudes, Behaviour, and Socialization in the European Parliament

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
February 2006
ISBN:
9780199284320
eISBN:
9780191603365
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0199284326.003.0007
Subject:
Political Science, European Union

This chapter concludes the study by summarising the major findings presented and addressing some potential counter-arguments to the conclusions drawn. Three broad implications of the study are then ... More


Introduction: Representing Europe's Citizens?

David M. Farrell and Roger Scully

in Representing Europe's Citizens?: Electoral Institutions and the Failure of Parliamentary Representation

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780199285020
eISBN:
9780191713651
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199285020.003.0001
Subject:
Political Science, Comparative Politics

This introductory chapter has four main sections. First, it introduces the study by explaining the intellectual background to it. It discusses the importance of the relationship between electoral ... More


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