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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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(p.45) 3 GOING NATIVE?
Becoming Europeans?

Roger Scully

Oxford University Press

This chapter reviews in detail existing knowledge about the subject matter of this study. Notions of pervasive socialization processes leading to attitudinal and behavioural changes for those serving within European institutions are shown to be widespread, appearing in much popular commentary academic literature on the EU, including that on the European Parliament. However, the discussion then goes on to demonstrate that strikingly little evidence has ever been presented to show that significant socialization effects operating among members of EU institutions lead to changes in attitudes and/or behaviour in an identifiably more pro-European direction. Virtually all empirical work in this area hitherto has produced indeterminate or null findings; furthermore, coherent theoretical foundations that might underpin the assumption of actors ‘going native’ in EU institutions have almost never been explicitly developed alongside the conduct of serious empirical research.

Keywords:   institutional socialisation, ‘Going Native’, empirical evidence

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