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The influence of co-sponsorship on MPs' agenda-setting success

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Published in West European politics. 2020, p. 1-27
Abstract This study investigates the influence of MPs' co-sponsorship activities on their agenda-setting success. It analyses the strategic choices open to MPs who engage in co-sponsorship, the resulting centralities in the co-sponsorship network, and the effects on the success of parliamentary proposals. MPs can develop their co-sponsorship efforts within their party family (‘bonding') or beyond it (‘bridging'), and they can use co-sponsorship both to receive political support (‘support-seeking') and to provide it (‘support-providing'). The success of these different co-sponsorship strategies is empirically assessed here by investigating the acceptance or refusal of parliamentary proposals introduced in the Swiss Parliament from 2003 to 2015. The bridging/supportseeking strategy that pro-actively recruits co-sponsors across party families is the most rewarding. This holds especially for MPs belonging to pole parties, who overall appear as more sensitive to centrality-related effects than MPs of moderate right parties.
Keywords ParliamentAgenda-settingCo-sponsorshipPartiesSwitzerland
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Swiss National Science Foundation: 100018_159370
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SCIARINI, Pascal et al. The influence of co-sponsorship on MPs' agenda-setting success. In: West European Politics, 2020, p. 1-27. doi: 10.1080/01402382.2019.1697097 https://archive-ouverte.unige.ch/unige:128323

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