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Background and activities of members of the European Parliament

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  • Emil J. Kirchner

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This article argues that the development of the European Parliament (EP) is largely in the hands of the Members of this Parliament (MEPs).
Empirical questions are posed whether a) age and prior political experience (parliamentary and ministerial) are determinants of MEPs' levels of activities (number and length of interventions in debates and written questions) ; and b) MEPs concentrate their activities on those issues where the Parliament has the potential to gain powers. The empirical examination deals with the first three years of the directly elected EP and centres on the British, Benelux and Irish MEPs. Whilst age and prior political experience were found to be important determinants for levels of activities, the activities themselves do not appear to be focusing attention on those issues where the EP has in the past gained powers in line with institutional changes.

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Kirchner, E., (1983) “Background and activities of members of the European Parliament”, Res Publica 25(1), p.21-38. doi: https://doi.org/10.21825/rp.v25i1.19298

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30 Mar 1983
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