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Turning over a new leaf? Cohesion and discipline in the Italian parliament

Newell, JL 2000, 'Turning over a new leaf? Cohesion and discipline in the Italian parliament' , The Journal of Legislative Studies, 6 (4) , pp. 29-52.

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Abstract

The literature on parties suggests various hypotheses about the conditions under which the cohesion and discipline of parliamentary parties will be greater or lesser. Since one such hypothesis concerns party‐system characteristics, Italy offers an opportunity to investigate what happens to cohesion and discipline when a system characterised by the permanence in office of a large, centrally located party and based on the permanent exclusion of left and right extremes, is replaced by one characterised by strong bi‐polar tendencies and the alternation in office of two competing coalitions. Italy's transformation appears to have produced more cohesive and disciplined behaviour in parliament.

Item Type: Article
Themes: Memory, Text and Place
Schools: Colleges and Schools > College of Arts & Social Sciences > School of Humanities, Languages & Social Sciences > Centre for Democracy and Human Rights
Colleges and Schools > College of Arts & Social Sciences
Colleges and Schools > College of Arts & Social Sciences > School of Humanities, Languages & Social Sciences
Journal or Publication Title: The Journal of Legislative Studies
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 1357-2334
Depositing User: Users 47901 not found.
Date Deposited: 26 Jul 2011 10:48
Last Modified: 20 Aug 2013 18:01
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/16849

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