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Parliamentary questions as strategic party tools

Otjes, S. & Louwerse, T., 2018, In : West European Politics. 41, 2, p. 496-516 21 p.

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This article shifts the analysis of parliamentary oversight tools to the level of the political party, asking how political parties make use of written parliamentary questions. It theorises that the use of parliamentary questions is related to the ideological and electoral competition between political parties, borrowing from theories on issue competition and negative campaigning. It provides an empirical test, using data on written questions from the lower house in the Netherlands (1994-2014). The analysis shows that parties tend to put questions to ministers whose portfolios are salient to them, in line with issue ownership theories. Moreover they ask questions of both ministers from parties that are ideologically distant and those with whom they have considerable electoral overlap in line with studies of negative campaigning.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)496-516
Number of pages21
JournalWest European Politics
Volume41
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2018

    Keywords

  • Legislative studies, parliaments, parliamentary questions, political parties, the Netherlands, ISSUE OWNERSHIP, EUROPEAN PARLIAMENTS, BELGIAN PARLIAMENT, MULTIPARTY SYSTEM, DUTCH PARLIAMENT, BEHAVIOR, OVERDISPERSION, CONSTITUENCY, INFORMATION, NETHERLANDS

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