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Perspectives on Legislative Voting

Comparative Politics
Parliaments
Analytic
Methods
Quantitative
P254
Christian Stecker
Technische Universität Darmstadt
Jochen Müller
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Building: Adam Smith, Floor: 11, Room: 1115

Friday 09:00 - 10:40 (05/09/2014)


Abstract

Legislative votes – individual MPs voting behavior – have become a central source of information for different strands of political science. They provide the result of a deliberate choice and reflect the interplay of sincere preferences and institutional constraints. This makes them useful to analyze party unity and cohesion, to assess legislator’s ideal points and the dimensionality or level of conflict in parliaments. Furthermore, studying the strategic use of voting procedures, e. g. the request of recorded votes, provides fruitful insights into the strategic behavior of parliamentary actors. RCV may be called for a variety of reasons including position-taking of collective and individual actors. This panel invites papers that analyze legislative votes along these dimensions. The papers shall cover a variety of cases including supra-national (e.g. UNGA or the EP), national and sub-national chambers. Furthermore, various approaches are welcome – being it papers on methodological developments or the application of known procedures to new cases. Thereby the panel intends to enable a fruitful discussion about promises and pitfalls of analyzing legislative votes in various contexts.

Title Details
Are Regional Organisations the Parties In the United Nations General Assembly? Comments on a Misconception View Paper Details
The Impact of Government Majority Status on Parliamentary Behaviour: Comparing Sweden and the Netherlands View Paper Details
Vote-Earning in Parliament: Explaining the Parliamentary Behaviour of Czech and Polish Deputies View Paper Details
An Electoral Theory of Roll Call Vote Requests: How Party Competition Explains RCV Requests View Paper Details