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Who Decides, and How?: Preferences, Uncertainty, and Policy Choice in the European Parliament

Nils Ringe

Abstract

How do individual legislators in the European Parliament (EP) make decisions? Despite a flourishing literature on the European Union's only directly elected institution, we know surprisingly little about the micro-foundations of EP politics. This book's principal argument is that members of the EP (MEPs) make decisions on the basis of perceived preference coherence. When lacking the resources and expertise to make fully informed decisions on most policy proposals, MEPs adopt the positions of those expert colleagues in the responsible legislative committee whose preferences over policy outcomes ... More

Keywords: European Parliament, European Union, committees, expertise, focal points, information, parties, perceived preference coherence, representation, uncertainty

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780199572557
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199572557.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Nils Ringe, author
Assistant Professor of Political Science, University of Wisconsin, Madison
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