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Group collapse and strategic switching: why MEPs change their affiliations in the European Parliament

Martin, Aaron R. (2021) Group collapse and strategic switching: why MEPs change their affiliations in the European Parliament. LSE European Politics and Policy (EUROPP) blog (06 Apr 2021). Blog Entry.

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Abstract

It is relatively common for MEPs to change their political group in the European Parliament, but what explains this behaviour? Drawing on a new study, Aaron R. Martin writes that while group switching is often assumed to be a strategic choice, over half of the switches that took place in the European Parliament between 1979 and 2009 were non-strategic moves triggered by the collapse of an existing group.

Item Type: Online resource (Blog Entry)
Official URL: https://blogs.lse.ac.uk/europpblog/
Additional Information: © 2021 The Author
Divisions: LSE
Subjects: J Political Science > JZ International relations
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe)
Date Deposited: 10 Jun 2021 09:21
Last Modified: 23 Aug 2021 18:06
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/110594

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