Parliamentary Voting Procedures in Comparison

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Simon Hug

University of Geneva - Department of Political Science and International Relations

Simone Wegmann

University of Geneva - Department of Political Science

Reto Wüest

University of Geneva - Department of Political Science and International Relations

Date Written: September 18, 2014

Abstract

Increasingly, scholars of legislative politics propose comparative analyses of parliamentary voting behavior across different countries and parliaments. Yet parliamentary voting procedures differ dramatically across parliamentary chambers and ignoring these differences may, in the extreme, lead to meaningless comparisons. In this paper we present a first glimpse at a comprehensive data collection effort covering more than 250 parliamentary chambers in 176 countries. Focusing on European legislatures we find some notable differences as compared to previous studies on parliamentary voting procedures. We propose to analyze what explains the presence of various voting procedures and find that electoral institutions play a non-negligeable role.

Keywords: parliaments, voting behavior, roll call votes

JEL Classification: D72, P59

Suggested Citation

Hug, Simon and Wegmann, Simone and Wüest, Reto, Parliamentary Voting Procedures in Comparison (September 18, 2014). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2321421 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2321421

Simon Hug (Contact Author)

University of Geneva - Department of Political Science and International Relations ( email )

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Genève 4, CH-1211
Switzerland

Simone Wegmann

University of Geneva - Department of Political Science ( email )

Reto Wüest

University of Geneva - Department of Political Science and International Relations ( email )

40 Boulevard du Pont d'Arve
Geneva, CH 1211
Switzerland

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