Electoral security as a determinant of legislator activity, 1832-1918: New data and methods for analyzing british political development

Andrew C. Eggers, Arthur Spirling

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Abstract

We consider the relationship between a Member of Parliament's electoral environment and his strategic choice of legislative activities between the First and Fourth Reform Acts in Britain. We argue that voters and party institutions put cross-cutting pressures on members during this time, and that legislators calibrated their behavior in accordance with the marginality of their seat. We gather a massive new dataset documenting MPs' biographical information, electoral records, roll calls, and speeches. The extent of MPs' speech making and voting (our measures of legislative activity) vary with electoral security in ways consistent with our theoretical priors for Westminster systems.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)593-620
Number of pages28
JournalLegislative Studies Quarterly
Volume39
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 1 2014
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Sociology and Political Science

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