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(Un)intended Consequences of EU Parliamentary Elections$
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Wouter van der Brug and Claes H. de Vreese

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780198757412

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198757412.001.0001

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EU Issue Voting in National and European Parliamentary Elections

EU Issue Voting in National and European Parliamentary Elections

(p.101) 6 EU Issue Voting in National and European Parliamentary Elections
(Un)intended Consequences of EU Parliamentary Elections

Catherine E. de Vries

Sara B. Hobolt

Oxford University Press

This chapter evaluates the quality of the democratic mandate provided by citizens to European policymakers by examining two paths of representation: a direct path through the vote for representatives in the European Parliament and an indirect path through the vote for national parliamentarians, and in turn, national governments represented in the council and the European Council. Specifically, this chapter addresses the question of the extent to which these elections enable citizens to express their preferences on European integration. To examine the impact of European preferences in elections, the chapter makes use of European Election Study data. It shows that when voters translate their attitudes regarding European integration into party choice, they do so in both European and national parliamentary elections. Hence, preferences on ‘Europe’ matters in both the national and supranational channel of representation.

Keywords:   European Union, European Parliament, EU issue voting, elections, public opinion, voters

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