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Political Networks in the European Parliament: Network Analysis of the 2013 Common Agricultural Policy Reform

In: Proceedings of FIKUSZ '14


  • Attila Kovács

    () (Corvinus University of Budapest)


EU-level decision-making has been already analysed from a number of point of views. Nevertheless, social network analysis in the context of the EU’s legislative procedures as well as in the European Parliament is still limited. The objective of this paper is to analyse the relationships of the Members of the European Parliament during the elaboration of the legislative instruments of the 2013 Common Agricultural Policy reform. Interpersonal networks of EP members are extrapolated to networks of EP groups and EU Member States. The novelty of this research is the combination of network analysis with the analysis of the legislative amendments of the EP. The results show that Members of the EP from net contributor Member States as well as from the EP Group of the European People’s Party are the most active ones in the network. Also, EP Members from new Member States play a marginal role in the analysed EP network.

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  • Attila Kovács, 2014. "Political Networks in the European Parliament: Network Analysis of the 2013 Common Agricultural Policy Reform," Proceedings of FIKUSZ '14, in: Pál Michelberger (ed.),Proceedings of FIKUSZ '14, pages 107-122, Óbuda University, Keleti Faculty of Business and Management.
  • Handle: RePEc:pkk:sfyr14:107-122

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