Improving rookies’ performance: an assessment of the Romanian MEPs’ activity

Gherghina, S. and Frantescu, D. (2010) Improving rookies’ performance: an assessment of the Romanian MEPs’ activity. European Review, 18(02), p. 155. (doi: 10.1017/S1062798709990391)

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General figures indicate stark differences between both cross-country and cross-party groups in MEPs’ activity. Our attempt to explain this variation accounts for five variables (plus age for control): (1) the background of the MEPs, (2) their political experience, (3) belonging to a European party group, (4) the duration of their mandate, and (5) their status (i.e. elected versus appointed). Using statistical techniques and original data, we focus on the representatives coming from the most recent EU member state (i.e. Romania) as activity differences are most likely to occur at their level. Results indicate that, in essence, the socialization with the EP workings (duration of term in office) considerably shapes newcomers’ performance.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Gherghina, Dr Sergiu
Authors: Gherghina, S., and Frantescu, D.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Politics
Journal Name:European Review
Publisher:Cambridge University Press
ISSN (Online):1474-0575
Published Online:01 May 2010

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