An Electoral Connection in European Parliament Voting

Lo, James

Document Type: Article
Year of publication: 2013
The title of a journal, publication series: Legislative Studies Quarterly
Volume: 38
Issue number: 4
Page range: 439-460
Place of publication: Iowa City, Iowa [u.a.]
Publishing house: Wiley
ISSN: 0362-9805 , 1939-9162
Publication language: English
Institution: Außerfakultäre Einrichtungen > SFB 884
Subject: 320 Political science
Abstract: Concerns about endogeneity often complicate attempts to estimate a causal link between public opinion and the voting records of Members of the European Parliament (MEPs). In this article, I overcome this problem by exploiting a rare natural experiment—the surprising and exogenous revelation of Irish public opinion that resulted from Ireland's ratification of the Nice treaty. I find that the Irish electorate's rejection of Nice caused Ireland's European Parliament delegation to vote in a more conservative manner, while its subsequent ratification caused a partial reversal of this shift. My finding of an electoral connection on the Nice treaty casts doubt on the claim that MEPs are largely unconstrained by voter preferences on European issues, despite claims of a democratic deficit in European institutions.

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