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The Acceptance of Party Unity in Parliamentary Democracies

David M. Willumsen


The central argument of this book is that voting unity in European legislatures is not primarily the result of the ‘disciplining’ power of the leadership of parliamentary parties, but rather the result of a combination of ideological homogeneity through self-selection into political parties and the calculations of individual legislators about their own long-term benefits. Despite the central role of policy preferences in the subsequent behaviour of legislators, preferences at the level of the individual legislator have been almost entirely neglected in the study of parliaments and legislative ... More

Keywords: party unity, legislator preferences, the Nordic countries, the Visegrád countries, policy incentives to dissent, attitudes to unity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780198805434
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2017 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198805434.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David M. Willumsen, author
Post-Doctoral Researcher, University of Innsbruck