National or European Parliamentarians? Evidence from a New Survey of the Members of the European Parliament

Roger Scully, Simon Hix*, David M. Farrell

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    Abstract

    This article presents findings from a new survey of Members of the European Parliament (MEPs), conducted in 2010. It explains the purpose of the survey, its content, the survey methodology and the potential limitations of the sample obtained. The article then presents results from the survey to explore the determinants of MEPs' policy preferences and, more specifically, whether MEPs from recent enlargement states continue to differ from those of longer-standing EU Member States. The findings here indicate that 'enlargement' MEPs remain somewhat farther to the right, but are no longer more cautious about integration. The results also reinforce the importance of ideology, even more than nationality, as a factor underpinning MEPs' political attitudes.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)670-683
    Number of pages14
    JournalJournal of Common Market Studies
    Volume50
    Issue number4
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Jul 2012

    Scopus Subject Areas

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

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