MPs' role orientations in newly emerged democratic legislatures

Gherghina, S. (2011) MPs' role orientations in newly emerged democratic legislatures. Journal of Legislative Studies, 17(1), pp. 45-64. (doi: 10.1080/13572334.2011.545179)

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Understanding the behaviour of the elected representatives at the beginning of the transition period in former Communist countries provides an insight into some of the first freely elected parliaments after decades of authoritarianism. The role perception grasps the essence of how MPs position themselves in their decision-making process in a fuzzy institutional setting. By relying on the sole established institutions for that period (that is, political parties), this article tests to what extent the party type and size explain role orientations of the MPs in terms of delegates (from the party), trustees, and politicos. Using a dataset that includes over 600 MPs from four parliaments, this cross-national analysis reveals that MPs belonging to newly emerged and rather small parties are more likely to be party delegates compared with their colleagues.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Gherghina, Dr Sergiu
Authors: Gherghina, S.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Politics
Journal Name:Journal of Legislative Studies
Publisher:Taylor and Francis (Routledge)
ISSN (Online):1743-9337
Published Online:24 February 2011

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