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Parliamentarians’ strategies for policy evaluations


Bundi, Pirmin (2018). Parliamentarians’ strategies for policy evaluations. Evaluation and Program Planning, 69(3):130-138.

Abstract

This article considers the question of which strategies parliamentarians pursue when they use parliamentary requests demanding an evaluation. In order to be re-elected or to achieve desirable policies, parliamentarians can either appeal to their constituency or to their party by adopting legislative roles. The study is based on twelve case studies of parliamentary requests from the Swiss parliament between 2010 and 2014. The analysis shows that parliamentarians of legislative committees submit parliamentary requests to oppose a policy, while parliamentarians of oversight committees submit parliamentary requests to obtain information on specific policies. On the contrary, the party membership of the responsible Federal Councillor does not influence the strategy. These findings suggest that parliamentarians use evaluations as an instrument rather than using the actual findings. This conclusion might be very relevant to understand how evaluations are used in the political process.

Abstract

This article considers the question of which strategies parliamentarians pursue when they use parliamentary requests demanding an evaluation. In order to be re-elected or to achieve desirable policies, parliamentarians can either appeal to their constituency or to their party by adopting legislative roles. The study is based on twelve case studies of parliamentary requests from the Swiss parliament between 2010 and 2014. The analysis shows that parliamentarians of legislative committees submit parliamentary requests to oppose a policy, while parliamentarians of oversight committees submit parliamentary requests to obtain information on specific policies. On the contrary, the party membership of the responsible Federal Councillor does not influence the strategy. These findings suggest that parliamentarians use evaluations as an instrument rather than using the actual findings. This conclusion might be very relevant to understand how evaluations are used in the political process.

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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
Scopus Subject Areas:Social Sciences & Humanities > Business and International Management
Social Sciences & Humanities > Social Psychology
Social Sciences & Humanities > Geography, Planning and Development
Social Sciences & Humanities > Strategy and Management
Health Sciences > Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
Uncontrolled Keywords:public health, environmental and occupational health, strategy and management, geography, planning and development, social psychology, business and international management, policy evaluation, parliament, parliamentary request, case study
Language:English
Date:August 2018
Deposited On:14 Oct 2021 15:00
Last Modified:15 Jun 2024 03:39
Publisher:Elsevier
ISSN:0149-7189
OA Status:Closed
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.evalprogplan.2017.02.003