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Policy Positioning in the European Parliament

McElroy, Gail and Benoit, Kenneth (2011) Policy Positioning in the European Parliament. UNSPECIFIED. (Submitted)

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    Party politics in the European Parliament consists of competition between transnational party groups, each consisting of multiple national member parties from the EU's 27 member states. Characterizing the policy space that these parties inhabit and their ideological positions is both practically and conceptually challenging. In this paper we characterize this policy competition by tracking EP political groups from three separate, original expert surveys taken in 2004, 2007, and 2010. We look at the relative positioning of the groups on multiple dimensions of policy, as well as changes in party group policy since 2004. Additionally, we characterize the policy cohesion of party groups by examining the relative positions of each group’s constituent parties, using independent national level expert surveys. The results reinforce previous findings that EP party groups not only occupy the entire range of the left-right spectrum, but also are clearly distinguishable from one another in policy terms. Moreover, their national party makeup consists of parties that are broadly cohesive in terms of their policy locations.

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    Subjects for non-EU documents: EU policies and themes > EU institutions & developments > European Parliament
    EU policies and themes > Policies & related activities > political affairs > political parties
    Subjects for EU documents: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Series and Periodicals: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Annual Reports: UNSPECIFIED
    Depositing User: Phil Wilkin
    Official EU Document: No
    Language: English
    Date Deposited: 17 Dec 2018 12:20
    Number of Pages: 29
    Last Modified: 17 Dec 2018 12:20

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