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Theories and empirical applications of legislative debate


Slapin, Jonathan B; Proksch, Sven-Oliver (2021). Theories and empirical applications of legislative debate. In: Bäck, Hanna; Debus, Marc; Fernandes, Jorge M. The politics of legislative debates. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 35-50.

Abstract

This chapter explores the theoretical mechanisms underpinning the participation of Members of Parliament (MPs) in legislative debates across a wide range of parliaments. It argues that researchers must examine both strategic interactions within political parties and political institutions to develop an understanding of which MPs take the floor and how researchers can use legislative speeches to measure the essential concepts of polarization, intra-party dissent, and representation. The chapter discusses the basic institutional framework that governs debate across parliamentary democracies, provides an overview of an intra-party theory of parliamentary debate, and considers various possible extensions of the theory. Finally, the chapter illustrates how scholars can integrate insights from theories of parliamentary debates and text analysis of parliamentary speeches.

Abstract

This chapter explores the theoretical mechanisms underpinning the participation of Members of Parliament (MPs) in legislative debates across a wide range of parliaments. It argues that researchers must examine both strategic interactions within political parties and political institutions to develop an understanding of which MPs take the floor and how researchers can use legislative speeches to measure the essential concepts of polarization, intra-party dissent, and representation. The chapter discusses the basic institutional framework that governs debate across parliamentary democracies, provides an overview of an intra-party theory of parliamentary debate, and considers various possible extensions of the theory. Finally, the chapter illustrates how scholars can integrate insights from theories of parliamentary debates and text analysis of parliamentary speeches.

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Item Type:Book Section, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Political Science
Dewey Decimal Classification:320 Political science
Uncontrolled Keywords:theory of parliamentary debate, intra-party politics, speaker selection, electoral institutions
Language:English
Date:2021
Deposited On:28 Oct 2021 13:08
Last Modified:19 Mar 2024 04:34
Publisher:Oxford University Press
ISBN:978-0-19-884906-3
OA Status:Green
Related URLs:https://global.oup.com/academic/product/the-politics-of-legislative-debates-9780198849063?cc=ch&lang=en& (Publisher)
  • Content: Accepted Version
  • Language: English