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What makes politicians work harder? The role of electoral advantage

This study investigates how the tenure of security (proxied by both inter- and intra-party electoral advantage) affects the engagement and political performance of members of parliament.

Jarosław Bełdowski, Łukasz Dąbroś & Jarosław Kantorowicz
12 June 2022
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Using data from the lower chamber of parliament in Poland for the period 2005–2019, the study provides evidence that intra-party electoral advantage correlates with MPs’ efforts and political performance. A more secured position of an MP vis-à-vis their co-partisans leads to a decrease in the number of parliamentary speeches, statements, interpellations, and lower voting turnout. Therefore, it appears that MPs whose political survival is less uncertain work less hard than MPs with a more precarious future.

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