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It is a significant new problem to the commonly held assumption that these operating in european associations develop into extra supportive of eu integration. Theoretically complex, and containing wealthy empirical information subjected to methodologically refined research, changing into Euopeans forces us to reassess our simple assumptions in regards to the eu Parliament and the method of ecu integration. it is a landmark textual content within the box of eu integration, of curiosity to a person drawn to political associations and socialization.

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Far more commonly, plenary sessions are highly tedious: the problems of a multilingual institution hamper debate, and speeches tend to be more about putting certain views 6 Interview, 23 July 1998. 30 BECOMING EUROPEANS? ‘on the record’ rather than trying to persuade anyone, while voting time witnesses large numbers of votes, often on unrelated topics, being held one after the other. The Committees of the EP are widely regarded as the place where the bulk of the serious work of the EP is done. The EP now has a well-established system of permanent committees (seventeen in the 1999–2004 parliament).

He examines the voting patterns of the British contingent across fourteen votes, between 1981 and 1992, where issues concerning greater powers for the EP and closer European unity were placed before MEPs (Westlake 1994: 245–57). The major method of analysis, however, is to chart aggregate patterns of support, opposition or abstention/absence across these fourteen votes. Not only is there no identifiable trend in support among UK members across the votes (charting aggregate levels of support over time reveals a statistically insignificant coefficient); even if there were, it would be difficult to draw any clear inferences from such a pattern.

O’Neill explains that ‘The sociological consequences of the elite transactions which are the core of the neo-functionalist notion of political change were assumed to be both sufficiently cumulative and intrusive to erode over time any exclusive sense of national identity. In short, a cultural osmosis is assumed to be at work in the fabric of these European societies participating in the Community endeavour’ (1996: 43). 48 BECOMING EUROPEANS? alter attitudes and even promote elements of a common identity.

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