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Who's in the Spotlight? The Personalization of Politics in the European Parliament



Year of publication 2022
Type Article in Periodical
Magazine / Source JCMS: Journal of Common Market Studies
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Social Studies

Keywords European Parliament; Personalization of politics; Centralized personalization; Decentralized personalization; Depersonalization
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Description The personalization of politics represents a growing research field in European studies. Yet, despite this, an institutional sphere of politics remained rather overlooked. This article aims to fill this gap, focusing on the only European Union (EU) institution with legitimacy derived directly from EU citizens: the European Parliament (EP). This study brings new insights about political behaviour within the EP and provides an original approach for studying (not only) EP politics. Based on quantitative content analysis we conclude that politics in the EP has become to some extent more personalized. However, despite the enhancement of (some) individuals’ positions within the EP, collective actors have not lost their dominant positions. The personalization can be observed pri- marily in the field of parliamentary procedure. In agenda-setting and internal decision-making, per- sonalization occurred as well. Any possibility of individual actors to affect the EP’s internal organization remains very limited.
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