Rewarding the ‘traitors’? Legislative defection and re-election in Romania

Gherghina, S. (2016) Rewarding the ‘traitors’? Legislative defection and re-election in Romania. Party Politics, 22(4), pp. 490-500. (doi: 10.1177/1354068814550434)

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Legislative defection in political systems characterized by party dominance and cartelization is usually seen as damaging the members of parliament's (MPs') careers. Switching legislators does not portray an image of confidence and reliability and the MPs’ re-election is unlikely. Drawing on a dataset that includes all defector MPs in post-communist Romania until 2008, this article indicates that one in five defectors gets re-elected. The quest for explanations focuses on individual and party features. Results indicate that re-election of defectors is a function of the strategic behavior (the choice of the destination party) and the legislative experience of the defector. All these items count against party and legislative activity.

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:Party Politics
Publisher:SAGE Publications
ISSN (Online):1460-3683
Published Online:18 September 2014

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