Ballot Structure, List Flexibility and Policy Representation


Däubler, Thomas ; Hix, Simon



DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/13501763.2017.1361465
URL: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/13501...
Additional URL: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/319191471...
Document Type: Article
Year of publication: 2018
The title of a journal, publication series: Journal of European Public Policy
Volume: 25
Issue number: 12
Page range: 1798-1816
Place of publication: Abingdon
Publishing house: Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group
ISSN: 1350-1763 , 1466-4429
Publication language: English
Institution: Außerfakultäre Einrichtungen > Mannheim Centre for European Social Research - Research Department B
Subject: 320 Political science
Abstract: There is a growing body of research on the impact of the electoral system ‘ballot structure’ on the behaviour of politicians. We offer a clear, ordinal and rules-based three-way coding (closed, flexible, open) of the electoral systems used in European Parliament elections, taking into account both the ballot type and the intra-party seat-allocation rules. For the notoriously difficult group of flexible list-systems, we show how these operated in the 2004, 2009 and 2014 elections, and introduce an additional behavioural distinction between ‘weakly flexible’ and ‘strongly flexible’ subtypes at the party-list-level. We then illustrate how the type of ballot used in an election can influence individual policy representation by looking at the vote-splits between Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) in the European People’s Party in a vote on tackling homophobia.

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