How should the number of seats in the European Parliament be apportioned between member states?

In October last year, we published Institutional Design and Voting Power in the European Union, edited by Marek A. Cichocki and Karol Zyczkowski.

Several articles published in the book were quoted in a recent document Cambridge Compromise  by Prof. Geoffrey Grimmett. The document, requested by the European Parliament’s Committee on Constitutional Affairs presents a possible scheme of apportionment of the seats of the European Parliament between the member states.

Institutional Design and Voting Power in the European Union

In the book, leading global experts in the field of politics and mathematics bring forth key insights on how voting power should be allocated between EU member states, and what the policy consequences are of any given institutional design. Close attention is paid to the practical implications of decision-making rules, the nature and distribution of power, and the most equitable ways to represent the preoccupations of European citizens both in the Council and European Parliament.

‘Making informed choices in politics is very important. This book offers a common sense approach towards decision making in the EU based on clear scientific reasoning. I hope that it might become of interest for decision-makers.’   Jacek Saryusz-Wolski, former Polish Minister for European Affairs, Member of the European Parliament

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