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Balancing competing demands: position taking and election proximity in the European Parliament

Lindstadt, Rene, Slapin, J. B. and Vander Wielen, R. J. 2011. Balancing competing demands: position taking and election proximity in the European Parliament. Legislative Studies Quarterly 36 (1) , pp. 37-70. 10.1111/j.1939-9162.2010.00003.x

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Abstract

Parties value unity, yet members of parliament have incentives to deviate from the party line. This article examines how members of the European Parliament (EP) respond to competing demands from national parties and European party groups. We examine ideological shifts within a single parliamentary term to assess how election proximity affects party group cohesion. Our formal model of legislative behavior suggests that when EP elections are proximate, national party delegations shift toward national party positions, thus weakening EP party group cohesion. Our Bayesian item-response analysis of roll calls in the 5th EP supports our theoretical predictions.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Department of Politics and International Relations (POLIR)
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe)
Publisher: Washington University
ISSN: 1939-9162
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2020 01:43
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/98132

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