Type
Article
Titre
Prime ministers and the electoral cost of using the confidence vote in legislative bargaining : evidence from France
Dans
West European Politics
Auteur(s)
BECHER Michael - University of Konstanz (Auteur)
BROUARD Sylvain - Centre de recherches politiques de Sciences Po (Auteur)
GUINAUDEAU Isabelle - Politiques publiques, ACtion politique, TErritoires (Auteur)
Éditeur
GB : Routledge
Volume
40
Numéro
2
Pages
252 - 274 p.
ISSN
01402382
DOI
10.1080/01402382.2016.1192899
Mots clés
Prime Minister, Confidence, Vote
Résumé
EN
Do prime ministers pay an electoral penalty for using procedural force to pass laws? Influential theories of parliamentary governance and legislative bargaining assume that the use of the confidence vote procedure – parliamentary governments’ most powerful legislative weapon – entails an electoral cost, but evidence on this important claim has been scarce. This article provides the first estimates of how prime ministers’ public approval responds to their use of the confidence vote. Analysing time series data from France 1979–2008, it is found that prime ministers experience a considerable drop in approval after their use of the confidence vote that is not accounted for by standard economic and political covariates. The effect size is similar to a 1 per cent decline in economic growth. The findings help explain French prime ministers’ selective use of the confidence vote procedure. They also suggest that political costs constrain the bargaining power conferred by the confidence vote. (Publisher's abstract)

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