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Representing Europe's Citizens?: Electoral Institutions and the Failure of Parliamentary Representation

David M. Farrell and Roger Scully


The past fifteen years have seen declining public support for European integration, and widespread suggestions that a legitimacy crisis faces the European Union (EU). Many in the EU have believed that this problem could be effectively tackled by vesting greater powers in the European Parliament (EP), the Union's only directly-elected institution. The central argument of this book is that, while considerable efforts have been made to increase the status of the EP, it is in crucial respects a failure as a representative body. This failure is grounded in the manner in which the parliament is elec ... More

Keywords: European integration, European Union, European Parliament, electoral systems, member states, voter representation, MEPs

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780199285020
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199285020.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David M. Farrell, author
Jean Monnet Chair in European Politics, Head of School of Social Sciences, University of Manchester

Roger Scully, author
Reader in Political Science, University of Wales, Aberystwyth