Between ideology and pragmatism: Liberal party politics at the European level

@article{Smith2014BetweenIA,
  title={Between ideology and pragmatism: Liberal party politics at the European level},
  author={Julie Smith},
  journal={Acta Politica},
  year={2014},
  volume={49},
  pages={105-121}
}
Party politics at the European level dates back to the 1950s when the first Members of the Common Assembly, as the European Parliament (EP) was then known, decided to sit in groups according to political affinity rather than nationality. Over the years extra-parliamentary party federations have formally transformed themselves into European-level political parties, with further consolidation likely as a result of the Lisbon Treaty. Nonetheless, they remain less influential than the party Groups… Expand
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