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Impact of career paths on MEPs’ activities

van Geffen, Robert (2016) Impact of career paths on MEPs’ activities. Journal of Common Market Studies, 54 (4). pp. 1017-1032. ISSN 0021-9886

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Identification Number: 10.1111/jcms.12347


The increasing powers of the European Parliament in recent decades have made it a more attractive institution for ambitious politicians keen to build their political career in the EU's multi-level system. A key contribution to the debate about the career paths of MEPs is made by Scarrow (1997). Her work, which identified three different career paths taken by MEPs, has been widely cited and used as a basis for other studies on this topic. Building on Scarrow's work, this paper describes two additional categories of MEPs – former national politicians and ‘one-off’ MEPs – and links MEPs’ careers with their activities in Parliament. It finds that over and above the factors that have previously been identified as influential on an MEP's behaviour, his or her career path and ambitions are relevant in explaining certain legislative behaviour across Member States and party groups.

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Additional Information: © 2016 The Author. JCMS: Journal of Common Market Studies © 2016 John Wiley & Sons Ltd
Divisions: Government
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe)
Sets: Departments > Government
Date Deposited: 17 Feb 2016 15:25
Last Modified: 20 Jun 2020 02:09

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