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Who Decides, and How?Preferences, Uncertainty, and Policy Choice in the European Parliament$
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Nils Ringe

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199572557

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199572557.001.0001

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Conclusion: Delegation, Efficiency, and Representation

Conclusion: Delegation, Efficiency, and Representation

(p.209) Chapter 6 Conclusion: Delegation, Efficiency, and Representation
Who Decides, and How?

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Chapter 6 synthesizes the findings and outlines the book's contributions. “Who Decides, and How?” sheds new light on the inner workings of the EP by moving beyond the analysis of voting records and looking at the processes of policy creation and policy choice. This allows us to better understand how individual MEPs make decisions, how these decisions are aggregated, and what role parties and committees play in the process. It also offers a generalizable explanation of party cohesion in the absence of party discipline, and it explains how legislators make decisions under conditions of uncertainty while preserving democratic accountability. In sum, the book demonstrates that EP politics is about more than party control; it is about shared and contradictory preferences, constraining and facilitating institutions, political information, deliberation and contestation, persuasion, and at times manipulation. It is, in other words, about politics.

Keywords:   accountability, committees, information, institutions, parties, persuasion, preferences, uncertainty

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