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Democratic Politics in the European Parliament

ISBN-10: 0521694604
ISBN-13: 9780521694605
Edition: 2007
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List price: $45.99
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 4/19/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 260
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

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SIMON HIX Professor of European Union Politics and Policy, London School of Economics and Political Science, UK. BJ�RN H�YLAND Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, University of Oslo, Norway. nbsp;nbsp; nbsp;nbsp; nbsp;

Abdul G. Noury is Associate Professor in the Department of Economics and the Institute for European Studies at the Universit� Libre de Bruxelles.

List of figures
List of tables
List of boxes
Acknowledgements
Introduction
Summary of the argument and the main findings
Outline of the book
Lessons for political science and European politics
Development of the European Parliament
Powers of the European Parliament
Power to control the executive: a hybrid model
Power to make legislation: from a lobbyist to a co-legislator
Political parties in the European Parliament: a 'two-plus-several' party system
The electoral disconnection
The dataset: roll-call votes in the European Parliament
Conclusion
Democracy, transaction costs and political parties
Citizen-delegate democracy
Party-based democracy
Parties in legislative politics and the making of public policy
Parties and electoral politics
Parliaments without strong parties: a history of failure
Implications for the European Parliament
Conclusion
Ideological not territorial politics
Political conflict, indivisibilities, externalities and redistribution
Solving political conflicts
The cleavage theory of democratic politics
Implications for the European Parliament
Conclusion
Decentralised governance to territorial entities and sectors
Participation
Participation in the European Parliament: The costs and benefits of voting
Variations in participation rates across time, political group and country
Explaining the patterns
Conclusion: politics determines participation
Trends in party cohesion
Theories of party cohesion
Measuring cohesion in the European Parliament
Main trends: growing party voting and declining national voting
Determinants of party cohesion in the European Parliament
Variables
Results
Conclusion: Growing policy-making power leads to growing party cohesion
Agenda-setting and cohesion
Agenda-setting and political parties
The agenda cartel theory of parties
Agenda-setting in the European Parliament: external and internal 'cartels'
Propositions about agenda-setting and party cohesion in the European Parliament
Descriptive evidence of agenda-setting and policy influence
Statistical analysis
Variables
Results
Conclusion: agenda control alone cannot explain party discipline
Who controls the MEPs?
MEPs: agents with two principals
Voting with and against the European and national parties
Analysis of MEP voting defection in the Fifth Parliament
Variables
Results
Relative importance of European and national parties in all five parliaments
Conclusion: European parties from national party actions
Competition and coalition formation
Theories of party competition and coalition formation
Patterns of coalitions in the European Parliament
Determinants of coalition formation
Variables
Results
Conclusion: an increasingly competitive party system
Dimensions of politics
Dimensions of conflict in EU politics
Estimating MEPs' ideal points from roll-call votes
Spatial maps of the five elected European Parliaments
Interpretation of the meaning of the dimensions
Variables
Results
Conclusion: Normal politics in a territorially divided polity
Investiture and censure of the Santer Commission
Formation and termination of governments and the case of the EU
The Santer Commission: from nomination to resignation
Analysis: MEP behaviour in the investiture and censure of the Commission
Variables
Results
Conclusion: Government-opposition politics arrives in the European Parliament
The Takeover Directive
A short history of the Takeover Directive
Explaining MEP voting on the Takeover Directive: nationality or party?
Analysis of MEP behaviour on the Takeover Directive
Variables
Results
Conclusion: parties and ideology matter, even when national interests interfere
Conclusion
Bibliography
Index

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