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“An Institutional Theory of Behavior in the European Parliament”

Hix, Simon and Raunio, Tapio and Scully, Roger. (1999) “An Institutional Theory of Behavior in the European Parliament”. In: UNSPECIFIED, Pittsburgh, PA. (Unpublished)

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    In this paper we aim to begin the development of a theory of behaviour in the EP. We seek not to offer the final word in this regard but, drawing from extant literature on the EP and on theories of behaviour developed in other legislative institutions, to reflect upon and develop at least partial answers to three major questions: How can one seek to develop a coherent theory of political behaviour in the EP? What would one need to do to test this theory? What might be the practical and theoretical implications of what we might find? The initial answers developed to these questions will serve as a sort of ‘manifesto’ for the intensive collaborative study of the 1999-2004 EP which the EJPRG will conduct. In section 5, as an illustration, one of the main hypotheses-about the impact of different national electoral systems on MEP behaviour-is developed and applied. Finally, the concluding section reflects upon the empirical and theoretical challenges ahead.

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    Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
    Subjects for non-EU documents: EU policies and themes > EU institutions & developments > European Parliament
    Other > integration theory (see also researching and writing the EU in this section)
    Subjects for EU documents: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Series and Periodicals: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Annual Reports: UNSPECIFIED
    Conference: European Union Studies Association (EUSA) > Biennial Conference > 1999 (6th), June 2-5, 1999
    Depositing User: Phil Wilkin
    Official EU Document: No
    Language: English
    Date Deposited: 16 Nov 2006
    Page Range: p. 34
    Last Modified: 15 Feb 2011 17:22

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