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Productivity-based retrospective voting: legislative productivity and voting in the 2019 European Parliament elections

Sorace, Miriam (2021) Productivity-based retrospective voting: legislative productivity and voting in the 2019 European Parliament elections. Politics, 41 (4). 504 - 521. ISSN 0263-3957

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Identification Number: 10.1177/0263395721991403

Abstract

Are European Parliament (EP) elections used to pass judgement on the legislative behaviour of parties serving in the EP? Do Europeans give a bonus in EP elections to political parties whose members were highly active during the legislative term? The article will focus on the role of legislative activities in the eighth EP term (2014–2019) in informing the 2019 vote choice. The analysis combines the European Election Studies (EESs) 2019 Voter Study data with original legislative behaviour data, as well as with data on European electoral systems. The evidence points to productivity-based retrospective voting being a feature of the 2019 elections. Furthermore, the analysis finds that this type of retrospective voting is stronger in countries where electoral rules encourage candidates to promote past legislative records in electoral campaigns, and particularly so for voters that paid attention to the EP campaign in such systems. This has significant implications for the retrospective voting and EU elections literatures, since it is evidence that the very demanding democratic desiderata of retrospection can be met in multi-level and supranational contexts as well.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: https://journals.sagepub.com/home/pol
Additional Information: © 2021 The Author
Divisions: European Institute
Subjects: J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe)
J Political Science > JF Political institutions (General)
Date Deposited: 29 Oct 2021 09:36
Last Modified: 13 Jun 2022 08:27
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/112528

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