Career Behaviour and the European Parliament: All Roads Lead Through Brussels?

Hardcover | May 30, 2015

byWilliam T. Daniel

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Career Behaviour and the European Parliament seeks to answer the question of how a political institution, such as the European Parliament, can impact the career ambitions and behaviours chosen by European politicians.Long considered a "second order" legislature in its degree of political importance and prestige, the European Parliament is the only directly elected institution within the European Union and is an increasingly important part of the European legislative process. Using a major new source ofquantitative data and interviews with more than 50 current and former European legislators, this book argues that as the institution has become increasingly professionalized and powerful, the volatility of its membership has declined. However, the professional ambitions of its members vary greatlyby national background, leading to an uneven distribution of legislative seniority and influence within the legislature. The book presents a new theory with political careers acting as institutions in themselves, and also offers complete background information on all elected Members of the EuropeanParliament, from 1979-2014.

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Career Behaviour and the European Parliament seeks to answer the question of how a political institution, such as the European Parliament, can impact the career ambitions and behaviours chosen by European politicians.Long considered a "second order" legislature in its degree of political importance and prestige, the European Parliamen...

William T. Daniel is Assistant Professor of Political Science at Francis Marion University in Florence, South Carolina. His research focuses predominantly on European political parties and legislatures.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:196 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.1 inPublished:May 30, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198716400

ISBN - 13:9780198716402

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1. Career Ambition in the European Parliament2. An Institutional Theory for MEP Career Behaviour3. Professionalization, Power, and Ambition4. Federalism and Party Gatekeeping5. Rapporteur Selection and Internal Advancement6. French MEPs and the Effect of High Turnover7. German MEPs and the Benefits of Seniority8. Poland and the Future Face of the EP9. Towards a Broader Appreciation for Political Careers