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Get the Party Started: Development of Political Party Legislative Dynamics in the Irish Free State Seanad (1922—36)

Sircar, Indraneel and Høyland, Bjørn (2010) Get the Party Started: Development of Political Party Legislative Dynamics in the Irish Free State Seanad (1922—36). Party Politics, 16 (1). pp. 89-110. ISSN 1354-0688

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Identification Number: 10.1177/1354068809341056

Abstract

In this article, we investigate the effect of political parties on legislative behaviour. We compile and analyse a unique dataset of all roll-call votes for all the sessions of the Irish Free State Seanad (the Upper Chamber in the legislature, 1922—36). The development of legislative parties inside the Irish Seanad led to the formation of cohesive voting blocs after 1928. This caused dramatic shifts in the rank-ordering of members and changed the coalition pattern. The establishment of disciplined parties also sealed the fate of the legislature when the Fianna Fáil party, hostile to the Free State Seanad, became an organized force inside the institution.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: https://uk.sagepub.com/en-gb/eur/journal/party-pol...
Additional Information: © 2010 SAGE Publications
Divisions: Methodology
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe) > JN101 Great Britain
Sets: Departments > Methodology
Date Deposited: 10 Mar 2017 14:16
Last Modified: 20 Jan 2021 04:28
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/69778

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