European Journal of Political Research

, Volume 32, Issue 2, pp 185–210 | Cite as

Social representation

  • Pippa Norris
  • Mark Franklin


This paper examines social representation in the European Parliament using a model which uses the demand, the supply and the structure of opportunities as factors explaining differential recruitment. Analysis of the experiences of candidates suggest that supply-side factors proved more strongly related to candidates gaining winnable seats than demand-side factors. Results also confirm the importance of institutional structures in widening or narrowing opportunities, and suggest the European Parliament will remain social unrepresentative in the foreseeable future, a characteristic that serves only to add to the already considerable problems of legitimacy in the European Union.


Social Representation Foreseeable Future Institutional Structure Considerable Problem Differential Recruitment 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Pippa Norris
    • 1
  • Mark Franklin
    • 2
  1. 1.Harvard UniversityUSA
  2. 2.University of HoustonUSA

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