What is it about?

Throughout the last Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) reforms and the EU’s legislation on agricultural policy, scholars focused on the external and internal stakeholders, their motivations and influence on the policy and legislative outcomes. Similarly, the driving forces, constraints and achievements of reforms have been part of the political and academic discourse. On the other hand, the decision-making of the CAP, the role and influence of various stakeholders on the legislative outcome is still unexplored. This is especially true for the European Parliament and its members. We aim to identify the most influential members of the Agricultural Committee of the European Parliament (COMAGRI).

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We analyse the voting power of Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) We identify critical members: members whose votes are necessary to form winning coalitions.We found that rapporteurs, European Parliement group coordinators and MEPs from countries with high relative Committee representations, such as Ireland, Poland or Romania are powerful actors. Italy emerges as the most influential member state, while France seems surprisingly weak.


Future research can be extended to on plenary roll-call votes. The comparison of the two intra- EP decision-making stage, committee and plenary, may reveal the power gains or losses of COMAGRI members in the legislative process.

Professor Imre Ferto
Centre for Economic and Regional Studies, Hungarian Academy of Sciences: Budapest

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This page is a summary of: The power ranking of the members of the Agricultural Committee of the European Parliament, European Review of Agricultural Economics, July 2020, Oxford University Press (OUP), DOI: 10.1093/erae/jbaa011.
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