Publication
Title
Content matters : the dynamics of parliamentary questioning in Belgium and Denmark
Author
Abstract
Why do MPs devote attention to some issues while ignoring others? The question of the issue content of parliamentary activities has been neglected in previous research. The authors use longitudinal data on parliamentary questioning in Belgium and Denmark, two similar European democracies. The analyses show that the questioning behavior of MPs is structured according to clear patterns. Opposition parties ask more questions in general. MPs tend to focus on the issues the government parties have put forward as being important. Furthermore, MPs ask more questions about issues the media have paid attention to and about issues their party cares about and identifies with. In their questioning, opposition MPs are more strongly influenced by issue ownership and media coverage. The Belgian and Danish MPs follow largely the same pattern.
Language
English
Source (journal)
Comparative political studies. - Beverly Hills, Calif., 1968, currens
Publication
Beverly Hills, Calif. : 2011
ISSN
0010-4140 [print]
1552-3829 [online]
Volume/pages
44:8(2011), p. 1031-1059
ISI
000292877700004
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UAntwerpen
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Affiliation
Publications with a UAntwerp address
External links
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