Party groups and policy positions in the European Parliament
BENOIT, KENNETH RICHARD
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Citation:McElroy, Gail and Kenneth Benoit `Party groups and policy positions in the European Parliament? in Party Politics, 13, 1, 2007, pp 5-28
As the legislative body of the European Union (EU), the European Parliament (EP) comprises 732 elected representatives from over 150 national political parties from 25 member states. At the EP level, these members are af?liated with seven major party groups representing distinct policy positions. Here we provide precise estimates of these policy positions based on expert surveys, in addition to characterizing the dimensionality of policy competition in the EP. Our results suggest not only that party groups have identi?able and differentiated positions on multiple issues of policy, but also that these positions group broadly into two orthogonal dimensions: one consisting of classic left?right social and economic issues, and the other related to the powers and scope of EU institutions.
Series/Report no:Party Politics