A Survey of MEPs in the 2009-14 European Parliament

Lead Research Organisation: London School of Economics & Pol Sci
Department Name: Government

Abstract

The European Parliament (EP) has experienced a great deal of change over the last quarter of a century.  Following successive EU enlargements, the EP has become a larger and more diverse body; its internal organisation has undergone substantial reform; and it has acquired a greatly enhanced role in EU lawmaking.  At the same time, the political environment facing the EP has become more difficult, as European publics have grown increasingly willing to express dissatisfaction with the EU.  So far the EP has not led to more effective links between the people and the EU institutions.   



The research involves a survey the Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) in the 2009-14 EP.  The survey is carried out in close collaboration with colleagues conducting parallel surveys of both voters and candidates during the 2009 European Parliament elections. Taken together, these surveys will generate a unique body of information about political representation within Europe's developing polity.  



The research also extends a valuable time-series of surveys of MEPs; generates a new dataset which is likely to be widely used by students and researchers of EU and EP politics; and provides valuable insights into the campaigning behaviour of MEPs and what influences their behaviour inside the European Parliament.

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