Looking for the party? Partisan effects on issue attention in UK Acts of Parliament


Bevan, Shaun ; Greene, Zachary



DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/S175577391400040X
URL: http://www.research.ed.ac.uk/portal/files/18928379...
Additional URL: http://www.research.ed.ac.uk/portal/en/publication...
Document Type: Article
Year of publication: 2016
The title of a journal, publication series: European political science review : EPSR
Volume: 8
Issue number: 1
Page range: 49-72
Place of publication: Cambridge
Publishing house: Cambridge University Press
ISSN: 1755-7739 ; 1755-7747
Publication language: English
Institution: Außerfakultäre Einrichtungen > Mannheim Centre for European Social Research - Research Department B
Subject: 320 Political science
Abstract: Political parties matter for government outcomes. Despite this general finding for political science research, recent work on public policy and agenda-setting has found just the opposite; parties generally do not matter when it comes to explaining government attention. While the common explanation for this finding is that issue attention is different than the location of policy, this explanation has never truly been tested. Through the use of data on nearly 65 years of UK Acts of Parliament this paper presents a detailed investigation of the effect parties have on issue attention in UK Acts of Parliament. It demonstrates that elections alone do not explain changes in in the distribution of policies across issues. Instead, the parties’ organizations, responses to economic conditions, and size of the parliamentary delegation influence the stability of issue attention following a party transition.

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