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Political Ambition and Legislative Behavior in the European Parliament. University of Illinois EUC Working Paper, Volume 7, No. 1, 2007

Meserve, Stephen A., and Pemstein, Daniel, and Bernhard, William T. (2007) Political Ambition and Legislative Behavior in the European Parliament. University of Illinois EUC Working Paper, Volume 7, No. 1, 2007. [Working Paper]

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    Abstract

    Members of the European Parliament (MEP) typically follow one of two career paths, either advancing within the European Parliament itself or returning to higher office in their home states. We argue that these different ambitions condition legislative behavior. Specifically, MEPs seeking domestic careers defect from group-leadership votes more frequently and oppose legislation that expands the purview of supranational institutions. We show how individual, domestic-party, and national level variables shape the careers available to MEPs and, in turn, their voting choices. To test the argument, we analyze MEPs' roll-call voting behavior in the 5th session of the EP (1999-2004) using a random effects model that captures idiosyncrasies in voting behavior across both individual MEPs and specific roll-call votes.

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    Item Type: Working Paper
    Uncontrolled Keywords: Roll-call voting.
    Subjects for non-EU documents: EU policies and themes > EU institutions & developments > European Parliament
    EU policies and themes > EU institutions & developments > institutional development/policy > decision making/policy-making
    Subjects for EU documents: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Series: UNSPECIFIED
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    EU Annual Reports: UNSPECIFIED
    Series: Series > University of Illinois (Champaign-Urbana), European Union Center > Working Papers
    Depositing User: Phil Wilkin
    Official EU Document: No
    Language: English
    Date Deposited: 11 Jun 2008
    Page Range: p. 41
    Last Modified: 15 Feb 2011 17:49
    URI: http://aei.pitt.edu/id/eprint/7627

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