The Ideological Cohesion of Parliamentary Parties and Its Implications for Decision-Making in Modern Democracies
Political scientists often treat parties as “unitary actors”. In most cases, however, parties represent divergent interests. This project aims at measuring the degree of intra-party cohesion in political parties in different countries, and at exploring the causes and consequences of intra-party cohesion.
We explain varying levels of intra-party cohesion by for example taking the country’s institutionella system and parties’ internal organizational structure into account. Moreover, the project explores some of the manifold implications that intra-party cohesion, or its opposite, intra-party heterogeneity, is likely to have on political decision-making, for example on the allocation of ministerial offices. In this project, we analyze data drawn from a sample of European countries.
The main source of information for the project is the speeches made by members of Parliament, and these speeches are analyzed by applying computerized methods of content analysis.
Researchers on the project
- Bäck, Hanna, Marc Debus & Jochen Müller. 2014. “Who Takes the Parliamentary Floor? The Role of Gender in Speech-making in the Swedish Riksdag”. Political Research Quarterly 67: 504-518.
- Debus, Marc & Hanna Bäck. 2014. “Der Einfluss von Mandatstyp und Wahlkreiseigenschaften auf die inhaltlichen Positionen in Parlamentsreden”. Swiss Political Science Review 20: 330–353.
- Bäck, Hanna, Marc Debus & Wolfgang C. Müller. (Forthcoming). “Intra-party Diversity and Ministerial Selection in Coalition Governments”. Unpublished manuscript under review.
- Bäck, Hanna & Marc Debus. (Forthcoming). “Political Parties, Parliaments and Legislative Speechmaking”. Unpublished book manuscript under contract with Palgrave MacMillan.