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Tenure, turnover and careers in the European Parliament : MEPs as policy-seekers
journal contributionposted on 2014-06-13, 11:23 authored by Richard Whitaker
Given the considerable increase in its powers over recent decades this paper asks how far the European Parliament (EP) is an attractive place to build a legislative career. Using a theory of MEPs as policy-seekers, it shows that MEPs are indeed building careers in this supranational institution. Turnover is in decline in the EP and on its committees, average length of service has increased and greater proportions of MEPs aspire to stay than previously. Looking at the 30 years since direct elections began, policy influence and office benefits are associated with lower likelihood of exiting the EP while being on the geographical periphery of the EU makes MEPs more likely to leave.