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Party unity in the Swiss parliament: the electoral connection


Traber, Denise; Hug, Simon; Sciarini, Pascal (2014). Party unity in the Swiss parliament: the electoral connection. Journal of Legislative Studies, 20(2):193-215.

Abstract

This study investigates the connection between legislative and electoral politics in Switzerland. The authors postulate that party unity is higher in an election year, and more specifically in votes on issues that are important for the party platform and that are of greater visibility to voters. The authors analyse the entire voting record of the Swiss parliament (lower house) on legislative acts between 1996 and 2007, which consists of roll call votes as well as unpublished votes. The authors find a strong effect of elections on voting unity among certain parties, and also find encouraging support for the hypotheses that this effect is mediated by the visibility of the vote and related issue salience.

Abstract

This study investigates the connection between legislative and electoral politics in Switzerland. The authors postulate that party unity is higher in an election year, and more specifically in votes on issues that are important for the party platform and that are of greater visibility to voters. The authors analyse the entire voting record of the Swiss parliament (lower house) on legislative acts between 1996 and 2007, which consists of roll call votes as well as unpublished votes. The authors find a strong effect of elections on voting unity among certain parties, and also find encouraging support for the hypotheses that this effect is mediated by the visibility of the vote and related issue salience.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Political Science
Dewey Decimal Classification:320 Political science
Uncontrolled Keywords:party unity, legislative behaviour, roll call analysis, Switzerland
Language:English
Date:June 2014
Deposited On:14 May 2014 08:46
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 17:50
Publisher:Taylor & Francis
ISSN:1357-2334
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1080/13572334.2013.837259
Official URL:http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/13572334.2013.837259?queryID=%24{resultBean.queryID}#.U1eTwxAatZI
Related URLs:http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/13572334.2013.837259

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