Communication without Legislation? A Cross-National Field Experiment on Members of Parliament

Umit, Resul (2017) Communication without Legislation? A Cross-National Field Experiment on Members of Parliament. Representation, 53 (2), pp. 117-134.

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This article extends the empirical evidence for the use of e-newsletters in parliamentary communication in between elections. It assesses the effect of electoral incentives and parliamentary institutions on members (MPs1) from all four legislatures in the UK. I find that electoral incentives to cultivate a personal vote increase the e-newsletter usage by MPs. However, being an MP in subnational parliaments or smaller parties decreases it. These findings throw a fresh light on why only some parliamentarians are happy to adopt new and seemingly resource-efficient ways to reach out to voters.

Item Type: Article in Academic Journal
Research Units: European Governance and Public Finance
Status: Published
Date Deposited: 27 Oct 2017 08:26
Last Modified: 17 Apr 2018 11:26
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1080/00344893.2017.1383304
ISSN: 1749-4001
URI: https://irihs.ihs.ac.at/id/eprint/4386

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