Electoral reform and the British MEP

David M. Farrell, Roger Scully

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After many years in which the subject was of marginal concern, electoral reform has recently become of central importance to politics in the UK. In this paper we examine the consequences for political representation of the electoral reform introduced in Britain for the 1999 elections to the European Parliament. We find that the immediate consequences of reform for the partisan balance and ‘representativeness’ of the British contingent in the EP were very much as expected. However, both qualitative and quantitative evidence suggest that the impact of reform on the representative priorities of British MEPs has been more partial, as parliamentarians have sought to adapt to the challenge of representing multi-member regions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)14-36
Number of pages23
JournalThe Journal of Legislative Studies
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2003

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Political Science and International Relations
  • Law


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