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New book: Inside European Parliament Politics

New book by Laura Landorff on Informality, Information and Intergroups. Series: Palgrave Studies in European Political Sociology.

  • Provides original and comprehensive, yet nuanced data on the meaning and motives that MEPs attach to their Intergroup activities  
  • Enriches our knowledge on the life of the EP beyond descriptive accounts of its formal organs and position within the EU’s institutional set-up 
  • Makes a valuable contribution to a strand within EU studies calling for a return of sociological approaches in European integration studies

The study of the informal dimension of EU politics is more important than ever in order to understand how the EU system works. This book presents an innovative and original study on informal cross-party, cross-committee groupings in the European Parliament, so-called Intergroups. Building on extensive fieldwork, including semi-structured interviews and observations, this study shows how parliamentarians of the seventh European Parliament (2009-2014) gain a variety of social resources, such as social, informational and political capital, in Intergroups, which they subsequently mobilise to foster opinion-formation across political groups and parliamentary committees, and to shape the EP’s agenda and policy outcomes. Drawing on an interdisciplinary, Bourdieusian-inspired framework, this book makes a valuable contribution to sociological approaches in European integration studies. Shedding new light on the informal dimension of parliamentary practices and politics, this book appeals to EP as well as EU scholars, to students and practitioners of EU politics, and civil society.

► The book can be purchased here

Author: Laura Landorff
Publisher: Palgrave MacMillan
ISBN: 978-3-030-04206-6
Number of pages: XV, 258
Year of publication: 2019

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