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Why the 2014 European elections matter: ten key votes in the 2009–2013 European Parliament

Hix, Simon (2013) Why the 2014 European elections matter: ten key votes in the 2009–2013 European Parliament. European Policy Analysis, 2013. 15epa.

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The European Parliament elections in May 2014 will be the most important such elections to date. In addition to providing European citizens with an opportunity to express their views about how the EU has tackled the Eurozone crisis, the elections will produce a new political majority in the European Parliament. With the new powers of the European Parliament under the Lisbon Treaty, this new majority will shape EU policies in many important areas, from regulation of the single market to the free movement of persons, international trade agreements, reform of the common agricultural policy, carbon taxes, and so on. The new majority will also for the first time formally “elect” the next Commission President. To illustrate what is at stake next May, this analysis looks at how the political composition of the current Parliament, EP7, has shaped EU policies. The paper first looks at how party-political coalitions have varied across policy areas, before focusing on what happened in “ten key votes”. These votes demonstrate the broad range of policy issues on which the European Parliament has power. They also highlight how the political make-up of the Parliament and the types of coalitions determine EU policy outcomes on many salient issues.

Item Type: Article
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Additional Information: © 2013 The Author
Divisions: Government
Subjects: J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe)
Sets: Departments > Government
Date Deposited: 17 Jun 2015 13:12
Last Modified: 29 Jan 2020 00:05

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