Introduction: towards a better understanding of parliamentary unity

Close, C. and Gherghina, S. (2019) Introduction: towards a better understanding of parliamentary unity. Parliamentary Affairs, 72(2), pp. 379-386. (doi: 10.1093/pa/gsx074)

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The study of parliamentary party unity has followed several lines of enquiry: describing the variation across political actors, contexts and time; comparing the multidimensional and dynamic aspects of parliamentary party unity; explaining it from a rational-institutional perspective with emphasis on macro-level arrangements and individual rational motivations. However, we know relatively little about how party organizations shape parliamentary party unity and this special section seeks to address this gap in the literature. This introductory article explains how the special section makes theoretical contributions to the concept of unity, provides alternative measurements and investigates several alternative determinants of unity.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Gherghina, Dr Sergiu
Authors: Close, C., and Gherghina, S.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Politics
Journal Name:Parliamentary Affairs
Publisher:Oxford University Press
ISSN (Online):1460-2482
Published Online:22 February 2018
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2018 The Authors
First Published:First published in Parliamentary Affairs 72(2): 379-386
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the publisher copyright policy

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