Nav 7-2: How MEPs vote: Political cohesion across groups and policy areas


Length Browsing: 25 minutes Reporting: 25 minutes
  • To examine the voting behaviour of MEPs and analyze differences in political cohesion when ranking MEPs by groups and by member state.
  • To familiarize yourself with the EP’s voting records.
Introduction In chapter 7, it 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 of different groups.
  • Go to the EP votes website.
  • Click on Results of votes.
  • Select a day for which there is a roll-call provided.
  • Click on Roll-call votes PDF.
  • In the document, you can see each vote, with the MEPs divided based on their parties.
  • 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?

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