Choosing the Parliament

  • Francis Jacobs
Part of the Palgrave Studies in European Union Politics book series (PSEUP)


This chapter looks first at the different routes by which the interviewees ended up in the European Parliament, whether they had been involved in politics or not, their prior knowledge of the EU, their professional background and experience, and the extent to which they were motivated to stand for election. It also looks at their personal stories and the extent of their European convictions. The second half of the chapter looks at their first impressions of a multinational and multilingual parliament, the ways they adapted to an often unfamiliar culture of compromise and consensus, their relative autonomy compared to national parliamentarians, and some of the problems that they faced.


European Parliament National electoral systems Political and professional backgrounds of MEPs Compromise Consensus 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Francis Jacobs
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  1. 1.University College DublinDublinIreland

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