Understanding Roll Call Vote Requests and their Consequences
Département de science politique, Université de Genève
Oct 27, 2011
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Analyses of roll call votes have developed to form a mainstay of
parliamentary research. By their development both in terms of methods
used as in substantive (and geographic) areas covered, more and more
researchers have become aware that in many instances roll call votes
only give us a partial glimpse at parliamentary behavior. The reason for
this is that in many parliaments roll call votes need to be requested or
occur only on particular proposals. Based on this observation the
proposed project wishes to address the following overarching research
Under what circumstances are roll call votes requested in national
parliaments and how do these circumstances affect our inferences on
parliamentary behavior based on roll call votes?
To answer this research question the project is based on three
interdependent goals. The first goal is to establish a detailed
inventory of the institutional rules under which roll call votes occur
in all national parliaments around the world. To achieve this goal an
internet-based survey will be carried out among experts of the various
national parliaments following the lead example of a recent handbook.
Based on this inventory an existing theoretical model will be expanded
to consider different motivations for making roll call requests, namely
the disciplining of party members, the signaling of party positions and
the shaming of other parties for their voting behavior. This theoretical
model will allow for a more precise assessment of the relationship
between observed voting behavior in parliaments through roll call votes
and unobserved behavior in secret (or voice votes).
The implications of this theoretical model will be submitted to
empirical tests, which forms the third goal. More specifically the
empirical tests envision to study the consequences that the different
rules and reasons for requesting roll call votes have on empirical
analyses based on roll call votes. These empirical tests should also
allow for insights how the results from roll call votes analyses have to
be corrected for, given that they are based on only a (non-random)
sample of all votes in most parliaments.
Detailed project description
Ideal point estimates for the Swiss lower house
Relevant publications and working papers
Bütikofer, Sarah and Simon Hug. Strategic behavior in parliament. Journal of Legislative Studies (forthcoming)
Carrubba, Clifford J., Matthew Gabel Simon Hug. 2008a.
``Legislative Voting Behavior, Seen and Unseen: Adjusting for
Selection Effects in Roll Call Vote Analysis.'' Legislative Studies
Carrubba, Clifford J., Matthew Gabel Simon Hug. 2008b.
``Voting at the surface. Roll call votes in the European
Parliament.'' Paper prepared for presentation at the 2nd Conference on the
Political Economy of International Organizations January 29-31, 2009 in
Hug, Simon. 2010a.
``Selection Effects in Roll Call Votes.'' British Journal of
Political Science (2010) 40(1) 225-235.
Hug, Simon. 2010b.
Strategic voting in a bicameral setting. In Reform processes
and policy change: Veto players and decision-making in modern democracies,
ed. Thomas König, George Tsebelis Marc Debus.
Berlin: Springer, pp. 231-246.
- Hug, Simon 2011. Roll call votes in the European parliament.
Paper prepared for presentation at the
ECPR General Conference University of Iceland, Reykjavik (August 25 - 27, 2011) (abstract)
- Hug, Simon 2012a Parliamentary voting. in Wolfgang C. Müller and Hanne Marthe Narud, (eds.) Party Governance and Party Democracy. (2013) Springer, pp. 137-157
- Hug, Simon 2012b. What's in a vote? Paper prepared for presentation at the 5th Conference on
The Political Economy of International
Villanova, January, 2012
- Hug, Simon 2012c. The European Parliament after Lisbon (and before). Paper prepared for presentation at the International Conference on\\``Beyond Lisbon Treaty: Re-examining EU Institutions and Governance''
(Institute of European and American Studies (IEAS),
Academia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan, September 7-8, 2012)
(paper soon to come)
Hug, Simon and Richard Lukacs (2014) Preferences or blocs? Voting in United Nation's Human Rights Council Review of International Organizations 9(1): 83-106.
- Hug, Simon and Danielle Martin. 2011. Constituency preferences and MP preferences: the electoral connection
Paper prepared for presentation at the
Annual Meething of the Midwest Political Science Association, Chicago (April, 2011)
Hug, Simon and Danielle Martin. 2012.
``How electoral systems affect MPs' positions.'' Electoral Studies 31:192-200
Hug, Simon Pascal Sciarini. 2009.
Parties and their success in the Swiss parliament. In
Demokratie als Leidenschaft, ed. Adrian Vatter, Fréderic Varone
Bern: Haupt pp. 117-138.
Hug, Simon and Simone Wegmann (2013) Ten years in the United Nations: Where does Switzerland stand? Swiss Political Science Review 19(2): 212-232.
- Hug, Simon, Simone Wegmann, and Reto Wuest 2012. Parliamentary voting procedures in comparison. Paper prepared for
presentation at the EPSA Conference, Berlin (June, 2012)
- Hug, Simon and Reto Wuest 2012. Ideological positions of party switchers. Paper prepared for presentation at the
Annual Meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association,
Chicago (April 12 - 15, 2012) (abstract) (paper)
Traber, Denise, Simon Hug Pascal Sciarini. 2014.
Party Unity in the Swiss Parliament. The Electoral
Connection (abstract) Journal of Legislative Studies (forthcoming)
Related newspaper articles
Simon Hug, Simone Wegmann, Reto W\"uest Pourquoi le Conseil des Etats persiste-t-il à voter à main levée? Le Temps, 8 juin 2012
Simon Hug, Richard Lukacs, Simone Wegmann In der Uno ist die Schweiz Japan am nächsten NZZ, 16 avril 2012
Simon Hug, Reto W\"uest Achsen des Unsinns Weltwoche Nr 45 (January 2011).11
Sarah Bütikofer, Simon Hug
(January 2011) Licht in die Dunkelkammer NZZ, 10.11.2011
Sarah Bütikofer, Simon Hug, Danielle Martin Koalitionen im Stöckli NZZ 13.10.2011
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