Keeping in Touch with National Societies

  • Francis Jacobs
Part of the Palgrave Studies in European Union Politics book series (PSEUP)


This chapter looks at the critical national dimension of an MEP’s role and at some of the factors that condition the differences from one country to another. It begins by examining MEPs’ relations with their own national governments as well as with regional and local governments. It goes on to examine the sometimes difficult relations with national parliaments and with the MEP’s own national party. The last part of the chapter looks at how MEPs work within their constituency and their links with civil society and with concerned interest groups.


European Parliament National governments National parliaments National political parties Regional and local governments Civic society 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Francis Jacobs
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  1. 1.University College DublinDublinIreland

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