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Consensus and the Proportionality of Office Distribution in the European Parliament, 1994-2007

Benedetto, Giacomo. (2007) Consensus and the Proportionality of Office Distribution in the European Parliament, 1994-2007. In: UNSPECIFIED, Montreal, Canada. (Unpublished)

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    Consensus is embedded in the European Parliament. One of its forms is in the proportionality that applies between political groups in the distribution of office positions, such as Committee Chairman or Bureau members, that affect policy outcomes. Consensus has withstood successive institutional change and enlargement of Parliament’s membership in 2004. The paper links empirical evidence with theory to question the assumption that Parliament is internally competitive. Members of the European Parliament achieve outcomes they desire either by allying with elements in other institutions or challenging them convincingly. For this to be attained, the construction of multi-party consensus by sharing office across an oversized majority is indispensable.

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    Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
    Uncontrolled Keywords: Legislative Politics.
    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
    Conference: European Union Studies Association (EUSA) > Biennial Conference > 2007 (10th), May 17-19, 2007
    Depositing User: Phil Wilkin
    Official EU Document: No
    Language: English
    Date Deposited: 15 Jun 2008
    Page Range: p. 47
    Last Modified: 15 Feb 2011 17:49

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