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The members of the European parliament : heavyweights or not?

Nellestijn, M.S. van (2015) The members of the European parliament : heavyweights or not?

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Abstract:The European Parliament is the only directly elected institution of the European Union. This institution is exercising together with the Council and the European Commission a legislative function. The European Parliament is composed of 751 members, who are elected by the voters of the 28 Member States. Thereby did the European Parliament gained influence over time. The political experience of the elected national candidates can be important. However, the experience that the elected national candidates have is varying among the Member States. The question addressed in this paper is: Why do some political parties in the European Parliament have more heavyweights in the European Parliament than other parties? This type of study is an explanatory study, because there will be three European Parliament elections considered for several Member States. The data will consist of a database that was made in a previous study examining the European Parliament Members previous political jobs. The European Parliament is gaining powers and with declining turnout figures the importance of the European Parliament should not be underestimated.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:88 social and public administration, 89 political science
Programme:European Studies BSc (56627)
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