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Democratic politics in the European parliament

Author: Simon Hix; Abdul Noury; Gérard Roland
Publisher: Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2007
Series: Themes in European governance
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The European Parliament is the only directly-elected European institution and has gained significant legislative powers over the last twenty years. Understanding how this diverse institution works is thus crucial to the debate concerning the democratic accountability of the European Union. By studying votes in the European Parliament the authors find that its politics are surprisingly similar to other democratic  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Simon Hix; Abdul Noury; Gérard Roland
ISBN: 9780521872881 052187288X 9780521694605 0521694604
OCLC Number: 475185116
Awards: Winner of Richard F. Fenno Prize for the Best Book Published in the Field of Legislative Studies 2007
Description: xvi, 242 s. : illustrations
Contents: Introduction; 1. Development of the European Parliament; 2. Democracy, transaction costs and political parties; 3. Ideological not territorial politics; 4. Participation; 5. Trends in party cohesion; 6. Agenda setting and cohesion; 7. Who controls the MEPs?; 8. Competition and coalition formation; 9. Dimensions of politics; 10. Investiture and censure of the Santer Commission; 11. The takeover directive; Conclusion.
Series Title: Themes in European governance
Responsibility: Simon Hix, Abdul G. Noury and Gérard Roland

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