(Un)intended consequences of European Parliamentary elections

Theme:
  • EPS
Category: book
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Year: 2016

"When direct elections for the European Parliament were first organised in 1979, the idea was that such direct elections would increase the democratic legitimacy and accountability of the Parliament. Moreover, the elections were exptected to raise public interest, engagement and support for the European project. Did these elections help to increase legitimacy and accountability? Did they increase interest in and support for the 'European project'? Or, did these elections have unintended (and perhaps undesirable) consequences? This volume focuses on the consequences of European elections for public debate and involvement, for party systems, and for public opinion." (global.oup.com)

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