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People and Parliament in the European Union: Participation, Democracy, and Legitimacy

Jean Blondel, Richard Sinnott, and Palle Svensson


This book sets out to analyse the relationship between people and parliament in the European Union and the problem of participation in European Parliament elections. It begins by examining the concepts of democracy and legitimacy as applied to the supranational level of governance, by briefly reviewing approaches to the study of turnout, including the approach embodied in the second‐order‐election model, and by describing the main features of the survey (Eurobarometer 41.1, (1994)) on which the study is based. The book summarizes the trends in turnout in European Parliament elections and makes ... More

Keywords: democracy, election, eurobarometer, european parliament, european Union, legitimacy, MEP, mobilization, political party, turnout

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1998 Print ISBN-13: 9780198293088
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003 DOI:10.1093/0198293089.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jean Blondel, author
University of Sienna
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Richard Sinnott, author
University College, Dublin
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Palle Svensson, author
University of Aarhus, Denmark
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