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The acceptance of party unity in parliamentary democracies

Author: David M Willumsen
Publisher: Oxford, United Kingdom : Oxford University Press, 2017. ©2017
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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Despite the central role of policy preferences in the subsequent behaviour of legislators, preferences at the level of the individual legislator have been almost entirely neglected in the study of parliaments and legislative behaviour. The main reason for this is the difficulty of obtaining measures of legislator preferences that are not based on their behaviour. This book explores direct measures of policy  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: David M Willumsen
ISBN: 9780198805434 0198805438
OCLC Number: 1004746907
Description: xvii, 174 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: 1. Puzzle of Backbench Assent --
Legislative Parties as Non-unitary Actors --
Benefits, Costs, and Sources of Unity --
Understanding Parliamentarians' Attitudes to the Demands of Party --
Loyalty, Discipline, Cohesion, Unity? --
Cross-System and Over-Time Analysis --
Plan of the Book --
2. Theoretical Framework --
MPs' Incentives to Accept the Party Line (or Not) --
Policy Preferences and Non-pure Voting --
Lure of Re-election --
Need for Re-nomination --
Career Incentive --
Executive-Legislative Relationship --
Government or Opposition --
Agenda-Setting Powers --
Norms, Values, and Socialization --
Hypotheses --
From Preferences to Policy Incentives to Dissent --
Case Selection and Data Quality --
3. Attitudes to Party Unity in the Nordic Countries --
Introduction --
Party System(s) of the Scandinavian Countries and Iceland --
Preference Incentives to Dissent in the Nordic Countries --
Models, Data, and Operationalization --
Results --
Conclusion --
4. Acceptance of Party Unity in Sweden, 1985 to 2010 --
Introduction --
Incentives to Dissent in the Riksdag, 1985 to 2010 --
Understanding Swedish MPs' Attitudes to Party Unity --
Data and Operationalization --
Model Analysis --
Qualitative Analysis --
Conclusion --
5. Perceptions of Party Unity in the Visegrad Countries --
Legislative `State of Nature'? --
Party Systems of Central and Eastern Europe in the Early 1990s --
Successor Parties --
Policy Preferences and Voting Unity in the Visegrad Countries --
Analysing Attitudes to Party Unity in the Visegrad Countries --
Attitudes to Parliamentary 'Club' Voting Unity --
Modelling Attitudes to Unity in the Visegrad Countries --
Results --
Positive and Negative Aspects of Parliamentary Club Membership --
Conclusion --
6. Conclusion --
Key Findings --
Implications for Further Study.
Responsibility: David M. Willumsen.
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This book seeks to explain how political parties in parliamentary countries manage to be almost perfectly united when it comes to voting in parliament.  Read more...

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