The authors present an original and authoritative account of what was involved for the United Kingdom in the contests for the European Parliament. They describe the background, the preparation by the parties, the unfolding campaign (both nationally and regionally) and the results. They discuss the election's short-term effects and its long-term implications and they explore what lay behind the unexpectedly low turut. The European elections involved the first nationwide experiment with proportional representation and the ramifications for the parties and the rules of the political game provide a major theme.
CHRIS BALLINGER Politics Research Student, The Queen's College, Oxford JOHN CURTICE Professor of Politics, University of Strathclyde and Deputy Director of the ESRC Centre for Research into Elections and Social Trends (CREST) JOHN FITZMAURICE Professor, Free University in Brussels and Head of Unit at the European Commission PAUL HAINSWORTH Senior Lecturer in Politics, University of Ulster, Jordanstown JAMES KELLAS Professor of Politics, University of Glasgow ZYG LAYTON-HENRY Professor of Politics, University of Warwick LORD NORTON OF LOUTH Professor of Government, University of Hull GEORGE PARKER Political Correspondent, Financial Times MICHAEL STEED Hon. Lecturer in Politics and International Relations, Unviersity of Kent at Canterbury DAFYDD TRYSTAN Lecturer, Institute of Welsh Politics, University of Wales, Aberystwyth