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Palgrave Studies in European Political Sociology

Inside European Parliament Politics

Informality, Information and Intergroups

Authors: Landorff, Laura

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  • Provides original and comprehensive, yet nuanced data on the meaning and motives that MEPs attach to their Intergroup activities
  • Enriches our knowledge on the life of the EP beyond descriptive accounts of its formal organs and position within the EU’s institutional set-up
  • Makes a valuable contribution to a  strand within EU studies calling for a return of sociological approaches in European integration studies
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The study of the informal dimension of EU politics is more important than ever in order to understand how the EU system works. This book presents an innovative and original study on informal cross-party, cross-committee groupings in the European Parliament, so-called Intergroups. Building on extensive fieldwork, including semi-structured interviews and observations, this study shows how parliamentarians of the seventh European Parliament (2009-2014) gain a variety of social resources, such as social, informational and political capital, in Intergroups, which they subsequently mobilise to foster opinion-formation across political groups and parliamentary committees, and to shape the EP’s agenda and policy outcomes. Drawing on an interdisciplinary, Bourdieusian-inspired framework, this book makes a valuable contribution to sociological approaches in European integration studies. Shedding new light on the informal dimension of parliamentary practices and politics, this book appeals to EP as well as EU scholars, to students and practitioners of EU politics, and civil society.

About the authors

Laura Landorff is Assistant Professor in European Studies at the Department of Culture and Global Studies at the University of Aalborg, Denmark. Her research focuses on the European Parliament, informal politics, political sociology and European integration.

Reviews

“A highly original study on a little studied aspect of the European Parliament’s Intergroups. It offers valuable information on the internal working of an institution that has become more and more central in the functioning of the EU. A must read.” (Niilo Kauppi, Academy of Finland Distinguished Professor and Directeur de recherche CNRS, France)

“Inside European Parliament Politics makes an important contribution to research on EU politics as it provides the most systematic, comprehensive, in-depth and theoretically sophisticated analysis of Intergroups in the European Parliament to date. It certainly contributes to filling a gap on this peculiar informal mechanism that is still being largely neglected by EU analysts. The author gathered impressive empirical evidence and convincingly explains in which manifold ways Intergroups matter for MEP’s.” (Professor Ulrike Liebert, Jean Monnet Chair of European Politics, University of Bremen, Germany)

 

Table of contents (8 chapters)

Table of contents (8 chapters)

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eBook 59,49 €
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Inside European Parliament Politics
Book Subtitle
Informality, Information and Intergroups
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in European Political Sociology
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-04206-6
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-04206-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-04205-9
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 258
Number of Illustrations
3 b/w illustrations, 1 illustrations in colour
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