Voting procedures and parliamentary representation in the European Parliament

Trumm, Siim (2015) Voting procedures and parliamentary representation in the European Parliament. Journal of Common Market Studies, 53 (5). pp. 1126-1142. ISSN 1468-5965

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Parliamentary representation is a fluid concept. Yet, while the behaviour of elected representatives during roll call votes has been widely analysed, we know little about how parliamentarians act when their individual voting choices are not made public. This paper explores the relationship between voting procedures and the likelihood that Members of the European Parliament prioritise the interests of their EP party group versus the interests of their national party. Using an original survey, I find that MEPs are more likely to prioritise the interests of their national party over those of their EP party group when voting by show of hands or electronically, as opposed to by roll call. Moreover, this voting procedure effect is particularly salient among MEPs elected from 2004/07 accession countries.

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Additional Information: This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Trumm, S (2015), Voting Procedures and Parliamentary Representation in the European Parliament. Gender, Work And Organization, 53, 1126–1142, which has been published in final form at This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving.
Keywords: voting procedures, representation, European Parliament, voting behaviour
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham UK Campus > Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Politics and International Relations
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Depositing User: Trumm, Dr Siim
Date Deposited: 19 Sep 2016 14:41
Last Modified: 19 Sep 2016 15:12

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