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Explaining roll call vote request in the European Parliament

Die Beantragung namentlicher Abstimmungen im Europäischen Parlament
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Thiem, Janina

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Corporate Editor Universität Mannheim, Mannheimer Zentrum für Europäische Sozialforschung (MZES)
Abstract This paper investigates determinants of roll call vote (RCV) request in the European Parliament (EP) since studies on voting behaviour based on the RCV sample have proved to be vulnerable to selection bias. At first I argue that party group leaders, who mainly initiate RCVs, cannot be regarded as parliamentary principals of MEPs who use the RCV to discipline their parliamentarians. Owing to the organisational structure of the board of political groups which mainly consists of leaders of (larger) national delegations, it is impossible to clearly differentiate between the party group leader and the leaders of national delegations. As the former do not possess instruments to enforce party group discipline they should not be considered as principals of MEPs but rather as their agents. Party group leaders, I argue, will therefore use RCVs only if they anticipate cohesion to express their group's policy position. Based on this assumption I develop and test a theoretical model of RCV request. Therefore I gathered data that comprise all votes from the first year of the sixth EP election period. The findings are in line with the theoretical expectations: RCV request is likely if the national delegations are united along the group line and group cohesion can be ensured. Moreover, the misconceptualisation of party group leaders as principals of MEPs and the structure of the RCV sample has led to overestimating the power of political groups in existing studies. My findings suggest that studies based on RCVs need to be interpreted with caution as they do not seem to represent the EP legislative process adequately.' (author's abstract)
Keywords European Parliament; legislative; political culture; political strategy; political behavior; party discipline; political leadership; politician; political attitude; political decision; political opinion; voting; EU policy; political power; political group
Classification Political Process, Elections, Political Sociology, Political Culture; European Politics
Method descriptive study
Document language English
Publication Year 2006
City Mannheim
Page/Pages 21 p.
Series Arbeitspapiere / Mannheimer Zentrum für Europäische Sozialforschung, 90
Licence Deposit Licence - No Redistribution, No Modifications
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