By William T. Daniel

Career Behaviour and the ecu Parliament seeks to respond to the query of ways a political establishment, equivalent to the ecu Parliament, can effect the profession goals and behaviours selected through eu politicians.

Long thought of a 'second order' legislature in its measure of political significance and status, the ecu Parliament is the one without delay elected establishment in the ecu Union and is an more and more vital a part of the eu legislative procedure. utilizing a massive new resource of quantitative info and interviews with greater than 50 present and previous eu legislators, this ebook argues that because the establishment has turn into more and more professionalized and robust, the volatility of its club has declined. notwithstanding, the pro goals of its individuals fluctuate vastly via nationwide heritage, resulting in an asymmetric distribution of legislative seniority and effect in the legislature. The e-book offers a brand new conception with political careers appearing as associations in themselves, and in addition deals whole heritage details on all elected individuals of the eu Parliament, from 1979-2014.

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He learned this lesson early on in his tenure, when he attempted to lecture his committee on the ‘correct’ answer for another piece of legislation. A prominent former prime minister, then serving on that committee, scoffed at him, reminding him that the European Parliament had ‘survived for many years without [him] . . and without Sweden’ and would continue to do so without his dogmatic attitude. An additional limitation to the individual power of the rapporteur is the increased usage of ‘shadow’ rapporteurs on major pieces of committee work.

Schlesinger’s (1966) work on the ambition of US legislators sets the cornerstone for the study of political careers. For Schlesinger, politicians exhibit one of three types of ambition: discrete; static; or progressive. Discretely ambitious politicians hold an interest in a particular office at a particular time, while static ambition pertains to politicians with a keen interest in lengthy service at a specific level of government. The progressively ambitious, naturally, use their post as a springboard for elsewhere.

Schmidt (2010) discusses the common claims of historical institutionalists. Conceived of as ‘regularized practices with rulelike qualities’ (10), institutions arise and consolidate within a context of pathdependent historical processes. Indeed, the original decision to pay MEPs in line with national MP salaries has much to do with the fact that MEPs were originally appointed from national parliamentary delegations. Yet this rule remained in effect until 2009—long after national MPs were barred from sitting concurrently in the EP.

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