This book provides a detailed study into whether Ministers in the Council vote the same way as Members of the European Parliament if they are from the same national party. The author explores the voting behavior of national representatives at the EU level, and this analysis is combined with insights from interviews with practitioners to shed light on the influence of national parties in the legislative process of the EU. This influence is found to be limited, as ministers in the Council and Members of the European Parliament submit to the constraints in their respective institutions rather than strictly voting along party lines. The study enhances our knowledge not only with regard to the role of national parties at the EU level, but also concerning the inter- and intra-institutional decision-making processes in the European Union. This book will particularly be of use to scholars and upper-level students interested in EU studies, legislative behaviour, and party politics.
Monika Mühlböck is Postdoctoral Researcher in the Department of Economic Sociology at the University of Vienna, Austria. She has previously worked at the University of Salzburg, the Vienna University of Economics and Business and the University of Mannheim. Her research focuses on the European Union and legislative behavior.
Chapter 1 Introduction.- Chapter 2 Of Principals, Agents, and Constraints.- Chapter 3 Methods and Data.- Chapter 4 How do National Parties Try to Influence Voting Behavior in Council and EP?.- Chapter 5 How do Institutional Constraints Shape Voting Bahavior in Bicameral EU Decision-Making?.- Chapter 6 Voting Unity between Ministers and MEPS of the Same National Party.- Chapter 7 Are National Parties Able to Ensure Cohesive Voting Behavior of their Representatives in the EU?.- Chapter 8 Conclusion.