Division of seats in the European Parliament

  • Katarzyna Cegiełka Wrocław University of Economics, Poland
  • Piotr Dniestrzański Wrocław University of Economics
  • Janusz Łyko Wrocław University of Economics, Poland
  • Andrzej Misztal Wrocław University of Economics, Poland
Keywords: degressive proportionality, democracy, European Parliament, fair division

Abstract

The European Parliament is one of the most important institutions of the European Union. One of its main tasks is to represent the citizens of the European Union. The representation power of a state depends on its population. Unfortunately the number of inhabitants of states is distinguished by wide dispersion and the most popular methods based on the simple proportionality cannot be used in the European Parliament seats allotment. Therefore, different from proportional method is used – “the degressive proportionality method”.

DOI: 10.2478/v10241-012-0002-x

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Published
2010-11-30
Section
Articles