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Voting behaviour in the European Parliament and economic governance reform: does nationality matter?

Cencig, Elisa and Sabani, Laura (2017) Voting behaviour in the European Parliament and economic governance reform: does nationality matter? Open Economies Review. pp. 1-21. ISSN 0923-7992

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Identification Number: 10.1007/s11079-017-9461-0

Abstract

This paper analyses MEPs’ voting behaviour on all regulations and directives forming the Six-Pack and the Two-Pack together with the key vote required to establish the European Stability Mechanism (ESM). Whereas scholarly work has traditionally showed MEPs voting behaviour to be primarily driven by ideology (more specifically, by the MEP’s party group affiliation), we expect to find MEPs’ national origins to play a counterbalancing role and – at least partially – weaken intra-party position on key economic governance matters, where a conflict of interest might exist between creditor and debtor member countries. Findings confirm that national interests and country-level economic variables can predict MEPs’ votes in a considerable number of cases, opening new avenues for future research on territorial cleavages in the European Parliament.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: https://link.springer.com/journal/11079
Additional Information: © 2017 The Authors © CC BY 4.0
Divisions: Government
Subjects: J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe)
Sets: Departments > Government
Date Deposited: 08 Sep 2017 14:56
Last Modified: 20 Jan 2020 06:36
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/84193

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