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Balancing competing demands: Position taking and election proximity in the european parliament

Lindstädt, R and Slapin, JB and Wielen, RJV (2011) 'Balancing competing demands: Position taking and election proximity in the european parliament.' Legislative Studies Quarterly, 36 (1). 37 - 70. ISSN 0362-9805

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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. © 2011 The Comparative Legislative Research Center of The University of Iowa.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
J Political Science > JF Political institutions (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Government, Department of
Depositing User: Carla Xena Galindo
Date Deposited: 07 Aug 2012 21:26
Last Modified: 30 Jan 2019 16:17
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/3496

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