European Parliament officials: what influences their decisions?
The European Parliament and its political groups employ officials to help coordinate various aspects of the Parliament’s legislative work. In this blog post, Morten Egeberg, Åse Gornitzka and Jarle Trondal examine who these staff members are, and if their individual backgrounds influence their decisions.
The European Parliament hosts a large number of nationalities (photo: colourbox.com)
The European Parliament and the political groups within it employ a number of staff members to help co-ordinate various aspects of the Parliament’s legislative work. But who are these staff members and do their individual backgrounds influence their decisions?
Morten Egeberg, Åse Gornitzka and Jarle Trondal present the results of a survey of European Parliament officials. They find that while staff come from a variety of different backgrounds, factors such as their nationality and previous experiences have only a modest effect on their decision-making behaviour. Nevertheless, these factors may have a more symbolic impact, for instance in terms of the trust placed in the Parliament by citizens.
EUROPP (European Politics and Society) Blog, 29 October 2014