The Half-Life of Election Pledges : What makes MPs change their positions?

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Title
The Half-Life of Election Pledges : What makes MPs change their positions?
Author(s)
Schwarz D., Schädel L., Ladner A.
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2009
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english
Number of pages
33
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Paper prepared for the Swiss Electoral Studies (Selects) workshop "Voting behavior and campaign dynamics in the Swiss National Elections 2007" 23-24 October 2009, Neuchâtel. DOI :10.5167/uzh-27955
Abstract
"Thou shalt not bear false witness," as we all know. Yet changing one's mind in case of respectable reasons seems to be allowed. Which is good news for politicians, but reduces the effectiveness of prospective voting, i.e. the focus on "the commitments of candidates to take actions that citizens desire to be taken" (Powell 2000: 9). This may be bad news for voters. By comparing pre-election commitments of Swiss members of parliament (MPs) with actual voting behaviour in the lower
house of parliament, the following article explores the question how much confidence voters can have in prospective voting and what factors explain (non-)fulfilment of election pledges.
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