Nav 7.2: How MEP’s vote: political cohesion across groups and policy areas


Length Browsing: 25 minutes Reporting: 25 minutes
  • To examine the voting behaviour of MEP’s and analyze differences in political cohesion when ranking MEPs by groups and by member state.
  • To make yourself familiar with the Votewatch website.
Introduction In chapter 7 is has become clear that members of the European Parliament predominantly vote along the ideological lines of their political group and not so much on the basis of their nationality. In this exercise you will compare the cohesiveness  between different groups.
  • Go to the website of Votewatch, which provides access to voting records of both the European Parliament and the Council.
  • In the European Parliament tab, select the latest votes option.
  • Select any vote you find interesting by clicking the names column
  • Scroll down to the part of the page that contains tabs that provide you votes by political groups and by member states.
  • Compare the cohesion rates of MEPs when compared between political groups as well as when compared between the member states they come from.
  • Do the results match the overview of party group cohesion that is given in chapter 7 of the book?