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- DescriptionMartin Brunner aims at solving the puzzle of why opposition parties or government backbenchers propose legislation even though the chance to influence policy outcomes in this manner is almost nil. He argues that instead of influencing policies directly most parliamentary bills serve different purposes: They are used in order to signal own policy positions and to show alternatives to government policies. Or they point at topics that rank high on the public agenda but low on the government agenda. They can also be a means for individual Members of Parliament to build up an independent personal profile. Using formal models and comparative empirical evidence from Belgium, France, Germany, and the United Kingdom the author shows that parliamentary initiatives of opposition and backbenchers are t simply much ado about thing , but the result of vote-seeking motivations.
- Author BiographyMartin Brunner is currently working as a researcher at the Department of Political Science, University of Mannheim.
- Author(s)Martin Brunner
- PublisherSpringer Fachmedien Wiesbaden
- Date of Publication10/10/2012
- SubjectGovernment & Constitution
- Series TitleStudien zur Neuen Politischen Okonomie
- Place of PublicationWeisbaden
- Country of PublicationGermany
- ImprintVS Verlag fur Sozialwissenschaften
- Content Note13 black & white illustrations, 25 black & white tables, biography
- Weight216 g
- Width148 mm
- Height210 mm
- Spine9 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US)
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