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Becoming Europeans?Attitudes, Behaviour, and Socialization in the European Parliament$
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Roger Scully

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780199284320

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2006

DOI: 10.1093/0199284326.001.0001

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THE INSTITUTIONAL CONTEXT—EUROPE'S ELECTED PARLIAMENT

THE INSTITUTIONAL CONTEXT—EUROPE'S ELECTED PARLIAMENT

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(p.21) 2 THE INSTITUTIONAL CONTEXT—EUROPE'S ELECTED PARLIAMENT
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Becoming Europeans?
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Roger Scully

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0199284326.003.0002

This chapter establishes the context for the study. It first provides a historical overview of the development of the European Parliament, focussing particularly on the growth in the parliament’s powers. The discussion then moves on to examining the main features of the Parliament's internal organisation. The third section of the chapter draws on in-depth interviews conducted with a large number of MEPs, where politicians’ own views of the prevalence of socialisation effects within the EP were sought. While many believe that MEPs do become more European-minded in various senses, the final section of the chapter explains why one cannot rest content with this evidence. It argues that there is a need for further study both to consider the theoretical basis for any hypothesised socialisation effects, and to examine other empirical evidence to assess whether such effects are actually manifested.

Keywords:   European Parliament, internal organisation, MEPs; institutional socialisation

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