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“Between Nation, Party and Identity: A Study of European Parliamentarians”

Scully, Roger M. (1999) “Between Nation, Party and Identity: A Study of European Parliamentarians”. In: UNSPECIFIED, Pittsburgh, PA. (Unpublished)

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    In this paper I examine the theoretical arguments and empirical evidence pertaining to the issue of whether Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) ‘go native’ during their time in the chamber: i.e., become socialized into attitudes more supportive of closer European integration and greater powers for the Parliament. Despite considerable speculation on the matter, and some literature supportive of the idea, the ‘going native’ thesis is argued to be under-explored in the context of the EP. The empirical analysis presented suggests that while there is little evidence of socialization effects shaping MEPs’ behaviour on issues relating to integration and the powers of the parliament, there is support for the notion of ‘selection’ effects and links to parties producing members disposed to adopt such attitudes, even from more sceptical countries like the UK. Nonetheless, notions of MEPs developing a coherent, shared “European identity” are over-drawn-European parliamentarians retain deeply-embedded national and partisan ties.

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    Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
    Subjects for non-EU documents: EU policies and themes > Policies & related activities > europeanisation/europeanization & European identity
    EU policies and themes > EU institutions & developments > European Parliament
    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. 27
    Last Modified: 15 Feb 2011 17:22

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