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Costly signals : voter responses to parliamentary dissent in Austria, Britain and Germany.

Glinitzer, Konstantin and Vivyan, Nick and Wagner, Markus (2020) 'Costly signals : voter responses to parliamentary dissent in Austria, Britain and Germany.', Legislative studies quarterly., 45 (4). pp. 645-678.

Abstract

When Members of Parliament (MPs) disagree publicly with their party, this provides a signal to voters regarding both their political views and their character valence. We argue that the strength of this signal to voters depends on the personal career costs an MP incurs by dissenting. The greater the perceived costs of dissent to the MP, the more positively voters should react to dissent. In line with this theory, we use a series of conjoint analysis experiments in Britain, Germany, and Austria to show that: (1) dissent has a more positive effect on voter evaluations in systems where the costs of dissent are higher, and (2) more costly types of dissent have a greater impact on voter evaluations. These findings have important implications for understanding how voter evaluations of MPs depend on beliefs about parliamentary systems and how parliamentary institutions condition the link between voters and MPs.

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Status:Peer-reviewed
Publisher Web site:https://doi.org/10.1111/lsq.12274
Publisher statement:© 2019 The Authors. Legislative Studies Quarterly published by Wiley Periodicals, Inc. on behalf of Washington University in St. Louis. This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Date accepted:12 December 2019
Date deposited:12 December 2019
Date of first online publication:22 January 2020
Date first made open access:28 January 2020

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