Other Research in Progress

National Parties and European Legislators: The Consequences of Party Organization for the European Parliament

  • "Electoral Goals, Organization, and Legislator Behavior"

    • This paper explores the relationship between national political parties and their legislators by investigating how party leadership can influence their members outside of the legislative process. I investigate the link between party organization and personal ambition in strengthening the programmatic representation of political parties. It contributes to the current literature on legislator-party relations by offering insight into individual and party goals and how these interact within the structure of elections and policy making. The effects of variation in party structures, individual political goals, and electoral systems on legislative behavior are tested in the context of the European Parliament. I focus specifically on differences in electoral goals, candidate selection, formal legislator supervision, and individual career experience as main determinants of policy congruence. Data on party organization, electoral goals, individual experience are combined with qualitative research to test the hypotheses of the paper. Ultimately, I conclude that centralized candidate selection procedures increases a legislator's congruence with the preferences of policy and vote seeking parties.  Available upon request. 

  • "The Consequences of National Institutions for Supranational Legislators within Party Organizations" 

    • This paper investigates the impact of national factors on patterns in national party organization for the selection and supervision of Members of the European Parliament (MEPs). Using classic theories of party development and organization, it argues that organization at the European level is the result of national institutional traditions and national electoral experience. Whether examining national institutions (party system, electoral system, or government characteristics and experience with the EU), or national party characteristics (ideology, party age, national organization), as indicators of European level organization, the results show that it is predominantly national factors that determine this organization. The results emphasize the strong role of national politics on European level party choices, and reinforce the existing literature that claims political parties have largely not adapted to European elections. Available upon request. 

"Working Hard or Hardly Working: Party Oversight and Legislative Productivity "

"New Players, Old Patterns: Croatian Political Parties and Second Order European Elections."  

For a condensed version of the content in this paper see: "Croatian Political Parties Prepare for EU Entry." European Union Center of Excellence Newsletter, Summer 2013.