The Politics of Legislative Debate

ISBN : 9780198849063

Hanna Back; Marc Debus; Jorge M. Fernandes
912 ページ
153 x 234 mm

Legislative debates make democracy and representation work. Political actors engage in legislative debates to make their voice heard to voters. Parties use debates to shore up their brand. This book makes the most comprehensive study of legislative debates thus far, looking at the politics of legislative debates in 33 liberal democracies in Europe, North America and Latin America, Africa, Asia, and Oceania. The book begins with theoretical chapters focused on the key concepts in the study of legislative debates. Michael Laver, Slapin and Proksch, and Taylor examine the politics of legislative debates in parliamentary and presidential democracies. Subsequently, Goplerud makes a critical review of the methodological challenges in the study of legislative debates. Schwalbach and Rauh further discuss the difficulties in the comparative empirical study of debates. Country-chapters offer a wealth of original material organized around structured sections. Each chapter begins with a details discussion of the institutional design, focusing on the electoral system, legislative organization, and party parties, to which a section on the formal and informal rules of legislative debates ensues. Next, each country chapter focuses on analyzing the determinants of floor access, with a particular emphasis on the role of gender, seniority, legislative party positions, among others. In the concluding chapter, the editors explore comparative patterns and point out to multiple research avenues opened by this edited volume. The Oxford Politics of Institutions series is designed to provide in-depth coverage of research on a specific political institution. Each volume includes a mix of theoretical contributions, state-of-the-art research review chapters, comparative empirical chapters, country case study chapters, and chapters aimed at practitioners. Typically, the majority of chapters in each volume comprises of country studies written by country experts. Volumes in the series are aimed at political scientists, students in political science programmes, social scientists more generally, and policy practitioners. Series editors: Shane Martin, Anthony King Chair in Comparative Government and Head of the Department of Government, University of Essex; and Sona N. Golder, Professor of Politics, Department of Political Science, Pennsylvania State University.


1 Hanna Back, Marc Debus, and Jorge M. Fernandes: The Politics of Legislative Debates: An Introduction
2 Michael Laver: Analyzing the politics of legislative debate
3 Jonathan Slapin and Sven-Oliver Proksch: Theories and Empirical Applications of Legislative Debate
4 Andrew J. Taylor: Legislative Speech in Presidential Systems
5 Max Goplerud: Methods for Analyzing Parliamentary Debates
6 Jan Schwalbach and Christian Rauh: Collecting large-scale comparative text data on legislative debates
7 Alejandro Ecker and Martin Soto Payva: Legislative Debate in the Argentine Chamber of Deputies
8 Keith Dowding, Patrick Leslie, and Marija Taflaga: Legislative Debates in the Australian House of Representatives
9 Marcelo Jenny and Wolfgang C. Muller: Legislative Debates in the Austrian Nationalrat
10 Fabiano Santos, Fernando Guarnieri, and Nara Salles: Legislative Debates in the Brazilian Camara dos Deputados
11 Christopher Cochrane, Jean-Francois Godbout, and Jason Vandenbeukel: Legislative Debates in the Canadian House of Commons
12 Eduardo Aleman, Juan Pablo Micozzi, and Inaki Sagarzazu: Legislative Debates in the Chilean Chamber of Deputies
13 David M. Willumsen: Legislative Debates in the Danish Folketing
14 Analia Gomez Vidal and Sebastian Vallejo Vera: Legislative Debates in the Ecuadorian Congress
15 Allan Sikk and Priit Vinkel: Legislative Debates in the Estonian Riigikogu
16 Miriam Sorace: Legislative Debates in the European Parliament
17 Corentin Poyet and Tapio Raunio: Legislative Debates in the Finnish Eduskunta
18 Lennard Alke, Sylvain Brouard, and Olivier Rozenberg: Legislative Debates in the French Assemblee Nationale
19 Jochen Muller, Christian Stecker, and Andreas Blatte: Legislative Debates in the German Bundestag
20 Edalina Rodrigues Sanches and Antonio Luis Dias: Legislative Debates in the Parliament of Ghana
21 Yani Kartalis and Marina Costa Lobo: Legislative Debates in the Greek Parliament
22 Agnar Freyr Helgason, Indridi H. Indridason, and Gunnar Helgi Kristinsson: Legislative Debates in the Icelandic Altingi
23 Alexander Herzog, Slava Jankin Mikhaylov, and Liam Weeks: Legislative Debates in the Irish Dail
24 Or Tuttnauer and Chen Friedberg: Legislative Debates in the Israeli Knesset
25 Daniela Giannetti and Andrea Pedrazzani: Legislative Debates in the Italian Camera dei Deputati
26 Daniel M. Smith: Legislative Debates in the Japanese National Diet
27 Nikolaos Frantzeskakis, Michael Wahman , and T. Murat Yildirim: Legislative Debate in the Malawi Parliament
28 Eric Magar: Legislative Debates in Mexico's Camara de Diputados
29 Simon Otjes and Tom Louwerse: Legislative Debates in the Dutch Tweede
30 Moritz Osnabrugge: Legislative Debates in the New Zealand House of Representatives
31 Martin G. Soyland and Bjorn Hoyland: Legislative Debates in the Norwegian Stortinget
32 Kamil Marcinkiewicz and Michael Jankowski: Legislative Debates in the Polish Sejm
33 Jorge M. Fernandes and Miguel Won: Legislative Debates in the Portuguese Assembleia da Republica
34 Joan-Josep Vallbe and Marc Sanjaume: Legislative Debates in the Spanish Congreso de los Diputados
35 Markus Baumann, Hanna Back, and Royce Carroll: Legislative Debates in the Swedish Riksdag
36 Elena Frech, Niels Goet, and Simon Hug: The Politics of Legislative Debate in Switzerland
37 T. Murat Yildirim: Legislative Debates in the Turkish Grand National Assembly
38 Jack Blumenau and Roberta Damiani: Legislative Debates in the British House of Commons
39 David Gelman and Max Goplerud: Legislative Debates in the US Congress
40 Hanna Back, Marc Debus, and Jorge M. Fernandes: Unpacking comparative patterns in legislative debates


Hanna Back is a Professor of Political Science at Lund University, Sweden. She received her PhD from Uppsala University, and has previously held a position at University of Mannheim. Her research mainly focuses on political parties, legislators, governments, and cabinet ministers in parliamentary democracies. She has published extensively on these topics, for example in journals such as British Journal of Political Science, Comparative Political Studies, European Journal of Political Research, Legislative Studies Quarterly, and Political Science Research and Methods. She is the co-author of the book, Parties, Parliaments and Legislative Speechmaking (Palgrave Macmillan). ; Marc Debus is Professor of Comparative Government at the University of Mannheim, Germany. He studied Political Science, Sociology, History and Methods of Empirical Social Research at the Universities of Marburg and Mannheim and received his PhD from the University of Konstanz in 2006. His research interests include political institutions, in particular in multilevel systems, and their effects on the political behavior of voters and legislators, as well as party competition, coalition politics and decision making within parliaments and governments. His publications appeared, amongst others, in the Journal of Politics, the European Journal of Political Research, Party Politics, Political Science Research and Methods, Public Choice, West European Politics, Legislative Studies Quarterly. ; Jorge M. Fernandes is Assistant Research Professor at the Institute of Social Sciences, University of Lisbon, Portugal. Jorge received his PhD in Social and Political Sciences from the European University Institute, Florence. His main interests are representation, electoral systems, legislatures, political parties, and party competition. He has published extensively on these topics in inter allia, Comparative Political Studies, European Journal of Political Research, Legislative Studies Quarterly, and Party Politics. He is the co-editor of the forthcoming Oxford Handbook of Portuguese Politics.