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Understanding Members of the European Parliament: Four waves of the European Parliament Research Group MEP survey

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  • Richard Whitaker
  • Simon Hix
  • Galina Zapryanova

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This article presents a new survey of Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) conducted during 2015, which adds to a time series of MEP surveys carried out by the European Parliament Research Group. The data allow for comparison of MEPs’ views with those of the EU public, European Parliament candidates, and members of national and regional parliaments in Europe. The survey includes questions on topical issues, such as intra-EU migration and the UK–EU relationship. The dataset can be used to address a range of research questions concerning MEPs’ preferences and representation. This article presents details of the 2015 MEP survey and uses the data to assess what explains MEPs’ attitudes to the question of whether all EP plenary sessions should be held in Brussels.

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  • Richard Whitaker & Simon Hix & Galina Zapryanova, 2017. "Understanding Members of the European Parliament: Four waves of the European Parliament Research Group MEP survey," European Union Politics, , vol. 18(3), pages 491-506, September.
  • Handle: RePEc:sae:eeupol:v:18:y:2017:i:3:p:491-506
    DOI: 10.1177/1465116516687399
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