Electing the European Parliament: How uniform are 'uniform' electoral systems?

David M. Farrell*, Roger Scully*

*Corresponding author for this work

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In 2002 agreement was reached on new uniform electoral procedures for European Parliament elections. This article does two things. First, it provides a comprehensive account of the rules under which the EP was elected in 2004, revealing a high degree of continuing variability in the existing electoral systems across all 25 Member States. Second, it addresses the question: if the electoral systems vary in form, do they also differ significantly in their effects?

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)969-984
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Common Market Studies
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2005

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Business and International Management
  • Business, Management and Accounting(all)
  • Economics and Econometrics
  • Political Science and International Relations


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