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The European Parliament, National Parliaments, and European Integration$
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Richard S. Katz and Bernhard Wessels

Print publication date: 1999

Print ISBN-13: 9780198296607

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0198296606.001.0001

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Role Orientations in Parliaments

Role Orientations in Parliaments

(p.61) 4 Role Orientations in Parliaments
The European Parliament, National Parliaments, and European Integration

Richard S. Katz (Contributor Webpage)

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The mix of role orientations present in the membership of a parliament has a significant impact on the way in which that parliament meshes with the other institutions of the political system. The limitations of the survey data used are emphasized, given the complexity of the process by which an individual comes to hold a particular role orientation. This kept in mind, the analysis reveals that the MEPs who are the most ‘partisan’ in their orientation are the ones less supportive on increasing the intensity of the powers of the EU institutions. Conversely, the most European MEPs tend to hold technocratic role orientations. Therefore, the democratic deficit cannot be addressed simply by getting more ‘partisan’ legislators.

Keywords:   democratic deficit, role orientations

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