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Measurement, model testing, and legislative influence in the European Union

Slapin, JB (2014) 'Measurement, model testing, and legislative influence in the European Union.' European Union Politics, 15 (1). 24 - 42. ISSN 1465-1165

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Abstract

Within the last several years, new data have become available to test the various theoretical models of EU decision-making, and, in doing so, to assess actor influence. This article examines the extent to which the recent DEU and DEUII datasets provide sufficient information to distinguish between competing theoretical models of legislative decision-making, and accurately assess the power of the different branches of EU government. It argues that insufficient attention has been paid to measurement error in these data. Once measurement error is accounted for, it becomes clear that these data do not provide sufficient information to distinguish between most models of legislative politics. Moreover, empirical models that fail to account for measurement error are likely to lead researchers to erroneous conclusions about actors' legislative influence. © The Author(s) 2013 Reprints and permissions: sagepub.co.uk/journalsPermissions.nav.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
J Political Science > JF Political institutions (General)
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe)
J Political Science > JZ International relations
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Government, Department of
Depositing User: Jonathan Slapin
Date Deposited: 07 Mar 2016 10:49
Last Modified: 30 Jan 2019 16:18
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/16206

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