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National Interests in the European Parliament: Roll Call Vote Analysis

  • Wojciech SłomczyńskiEmail author
  • Dariusz Stolicki
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Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 9760)

Abstract

We propose a method for identifying national interests in the European Parliament by comparing roll call vote results with MEPs’ expected ideological positions. We define a new measure – national shift index, corresponding to the magnitude of national delegation’s shift from the aggregate ideological position – which quantifies the influence of the national interest on the voting results. Using this measure, we identify issues characterized by strongest dominance of national factors and compare national delegations’ propensity to vote along national lines.

Keywords

National interest National shift European Parliament Roll call votes 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Jagiellonian Center for Quantitative Research in Political Science and Institute of MathematicsJagiellonian UniversityKrakówPoland
  2. 2.Jagiellonian Center for Quantitative Research in Political Science and Institute of Political Science and International RelationsJagiellonian UniversityKrakówPoland

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