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Party Strategies, Constituency Links, and Legislative Speech

Alemán, E and Ramírez, MM and Slapin, JB (2017) 'Party Strategies, Constituency Links, and Legislative Speech.' Legislative Studies Quarterly, 42 (4). 637 - 659. ISSN 0362-9805

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Abstract

This article examines how parties organize legislative speech. Electoral incentives and legislative institutions affect speech participation. When electoral systems create personal vote-seeking incentives, parties are less concerned with screening speeches and more supportive of members seeking to garner name recognition. But in many countries, legislative rules and norms constrain opportunities for individual position taking during the lawmaking debates. We argue that parties resolve this dilemma by organizing speech participation into nonlegislative speeches and lawmaking debates. In each instance, different types of legislators are more likely to speak. We examine the case of Chile and test the implications of our theory with data on congressional speeches.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: J Political Science > J General legislative and executive papers
J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
J Political Science > JF Political institutions (General)
J Political Science > JL Political institutions (America except United States)
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Government, Department of
Depositing User: Jonathan Slapin
Date Deposited: 30 Mar 2017 15:03
Last Modified: 07 Jun 2019 01:00
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/19367

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