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Publication: "Do electoral district size and diversity affect legislative behaviour?"

von Dr. David M. Willumsen, Dr. Christian Stecker und Prof. Dr. Klaus H. Goetz

26.10.2018

Der Artikel ist eine Zusammenarbeit zwischen Prof. Dr. Klaus H. Goetz und den ehemaligen Mitarbeitern des Lehrstuhls Dr. David M. Willumsen und Dr. Christian Stecker. Der Artikel erschien im "Australian Journal of Political Science".

Abstract:

This paper analyses how the size and socio-economic diversity of their electorate affect parliamentarians’ legislative behaviour. We study the Australian senate, which wields considerable legislative influence and is marked by large differences in the size and socio-economic makeup of the districts that senators represent. We demonstrate that as the size of their district increases, senators ask more questions and introduce more bills and amendments. By contrast, senators become less active as the diversity of their electoral district increases. The paper thus establishes that size and diversity of electorates have significant effects on legislative behaviour.

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