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Surveys of Members of the European Parliament, 2000 and 2006

Title details

SN: 6086
Title: Surveys of Members of the European Parliament, 2000 and 2006
Alternative title: European Parliament Research Group (EPRG) 2000 and 2006 Members of the European Parliament (MEP) Surveys
Persistent identifier: 10.5255/UKDA-SN-6086-1
Depositor: Hix, S., London School of Economics and Political Science. Department of Government
Principal investigator(s): Farrell, D., University of Manchester. Department of Politics
Hix, S., London School of Economics and Political Science. Department of Government
Scully, R., University of Wales, Aberystwyth. Department of International Politics
Data collector(s): National Centre for Social Research
Sponsor(s): Economic and Social Research Council
Commission of the European Communities
Dutch National Science Foundation
Grant number: RES-000-22-1554


The citation for this study is:

Farrell, D., Hix, S., Scully, R. (2008). Surveys of Members of the European Parliament, 2000 and 2006. [data collection]. UK Data Service. SN: 6086,

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Subject Categories

Elites and leadership - Social stratification and groupings
Government and political systems - Politics
International politics and organisations - Politics


Abstract copyright UK Data Service and data collection copyright owner.

The most significant change in the institutional structure of European governance over the past two decades has been the increased power of the European Parliament (EP). Given the Parliament's growing influence and the dramatic European Union(EU) enlargement in 2004, it has become increasingly important to monitor the attitudes and behaviour of Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) from different member states.

The European Parliament Research Group (EPRG) conducted two surveys of MEPs in 2000 and 2006. The 2000 survey was conducted in October-December 2000 and surveyed MEPs of the Fifth European Parliament (1999-2004). The 2006 survey was conducted in March-June 2006 and surveyed MEPs of the Sixth European Parliament (2004-09).

Further information about the survey can be found on the EPRG MEP Survey web page or the ESRC Award web page.
Main Topics:
The surveys include the following categories of questions:
  • personal details (member state, date first elected to EP, previous political experience)
  • electoral systems and candidate selection
  • campaigning aims and activities
  • attitudes/behaviour relating to representation
  • behaviour in committees and voting in the Parliament
  • general political attitudes
  • attitudes towards specific EU policies
  • attitudes towards EU institutional reform

Coverage, universe, methodology

Dates of fieldwork: October 2000 - June 2006
Country: Austria | Belgium | Cyprus | Czech Republic | Denmark | Estonia | European Union Countries (1993-) | Finland | France | Germany (October 1990-) | Greece | Hungary | Ireland | Italy | Latvia | Lithuania | Luxembourg | Malta | Netherlands | Poland | Portugal | Slovakia | Slovenia | Spain | Sweden | United Kingdom
Spatial units: European Union Member States
Observation units: Individuals
Kind of data: Alpha/numeric data
Individual (micro) level
Universe: Cross-national; National
Members of the European Parliament in 2000 and 2006.
Time dimensions: Cross-sectional (one-time) study
Sampling procedures: No sampling (total universe)
Number of units: 2000: 195
2006: 272
Method of data collection: Postal survey
Web-based self-completion
Weighting: No weighting used

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Administrative and access information

Date of release:
First edition: 22 December 2008
Copyright: Copyright D. Farrell, S. Hix, R. Scully and M. Johnston
Access conditions: The depositor has specified that registration is required and standard conditions of use apply. The depositor may be informed about usage. See terms and conditions of access for further information.

In addition, the UK Data Service is required to request permission from the depositor prior to supplying the data.
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By principal investigator(s):
Farrell, D. and Scully, R. (2007) Representing Europe’s citizens? Electoral institutions and the failure of parliamentary representation, Oxford:
Oxford University Press.

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