Provides a multi-layered, methodically nuanced and complex analysis of the democratic possibilities
Contributes to broader debates about democracy within the EU in general, and the EP in particular
Combines quantitative and qualitative approaches to how key research problems are overcome
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Part of the book series: Palgrave Studies in European Union Politics (PSEUP)
Table of contents (12 chapters)
About this book
This open access book provides the first ever authoritative collection of scholarly insights, based upon original research, into the political groups of the EP tackling the fundamental changes since the Lisbon Treaty and the upsurge of radical right parties. It analyses political groups and their importance from multiple perspectives critically assessing their role and significance in EU politics. Each chapter is authored by leading scholars in the field, working on key topics in relation to political groups: political group formation and function, their role in parliamentary and EU policy-making, the way that Eurosceptic MEPs influence (or not) the Parliament, and the nature and form of interactions with external actors. In doing so, each chapter opens hitherto unexplored ‘black boxes’ in the political work of the EP, such as the internal practices of, and power relations within the political groups, and informal arenas of intra-group decision-making.
- European Union Politics
- European Parliament
- Open Access
“This book brings together some of the best new research on the political groups in the European Parliament. Based on an impressive set of interviews and careful field research, the scholars uncover the interconnection between formal and informal processes, and shed new light on how democratic representation and equality play out inside the EU’s only directly elected institution. This is a must-read for anyone interested in EU politics or democratic representation in Europe.” (Simon Hix, Professor, European University Institute, Italy)
“This edited volume collects a diverse array of authors and perspectives on the changing character and role of the EP political groups in the 21st century. The contributions provide a comprehensive and cohesive review of the political groups in the context of a European Parliament experiencing increased polarization, high expectations and increased responsibilities. Together these contributions highlight the complexity of the EP political groups while confirming their centrality within the broader EU political system.” (Amie Kreppel, Professor, University of Florida, USA)
Editors and Affiliations
Tampere University, Tampere, Finland
Petra Ahrens, Anna Elomäki, Johanna Kantola
About the editors
Petra Ahrens is Senior Researcher in the Faculty of Social Science, Tampere University, Finland.
Anna Elomäki is Senior Researcher in the Faculty of Social Sciences, Tampere University, Finland.
Johanna Kantola is Professor of Gender Studies, Faculty of Social Sciences, Tampere University, Finland.
Book Title: European Parliament’s Political Groups in Turbulent Times
Editors: Petra Ahrens, Anna Elomäki, Johanna Kantola
Series Title: Palgrave Studies in European Union Politics
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan Cham
eBook Packages: Political Science and International Studies, Political Science and International Studies (R0)
Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2022
License: CC BY
Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-030-94011-9Published: 09 July 2022
Softcover ISBN: 978-3-030-94014-0Due: 09 August 2022
eBook ISBN: 978-3-030-94012-6Published: 08 July 2022
Series ISSN: 2662-5873
Series E-ISSN: 2662-5881
Edition Number: 1
Number of Pages: XXI, 290
Number of Illustrations: 2 b/w illustrations, 1 illustrations in colour
Topics: European Politics, Executive Politics, Politics and Gender