|Author (Person)||Däubler, Thomas, Hix, Simon|
|Publisher||Taylor & Francis|
|Series Title||Journal of European Public Policy|
|Series Details||Volume 25, Number 12, Pages 1798-1816|
|Publication Date||December 2018|
|ISSN||1350-1763 (print) | 1466-4429 (online)|
|Content Type||Journal Article|
There is a growing body of research on the impact of the electoral system ‘ballot structure’ on the behaviour of politicians. We offer a clear, ordinal and rules-based three-way coding (closed, flexible, open) of the electoral systems used in European Parliament elections, taking into account both the ballot type and the intra-party seat-allocation rules.
For the notoriously difficult group of flexible list-systems, we show how these operated in the 2004, 2009 and 2014 elections, and introduce an additional behavioural distinction between ‘weakly flexible’ and ‘strongly flexible’ subtypes at the party-list-level.
We then illustrate how the type of ballot used in an election can influence individual policy representation by looking at the vote-splits between Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) in the European People’s Party in a vote on tackling homophobia.
|Subject Categories||Politics and International Relations|
|Subject Tags||Electoral Law | Systems, European Parliament Elections|
|Keywords||European People's Party [EPP]
|International Organisations||European Union [EU]|