The Department of Political Science cordially invite you to the departmental seminar
Parliamentary Agenda Control in New European Democracies
Dr Radoslaw Zubek
Hertford College, University of Oxford
Date: 6th May, 2014 – 14.00
Venue: CEU Nador u. 9, Faculty Tower #908
Abstract: When do cabinets change agenda rules? In this paper, I test expectations derived from the agenda cartel theory to explain reforms of negative agenda rules in new European democracies. I argue that increases in ideological conflict inside the cabinet may be expected to induce government parties to delegate delaying or blocking powers to majority-controlled office holders or committee and floor majorities; but this effect is likely to be present mainly in settings in which party control over members is low. I test these expectations using data on institutional reforms of negative agenda rules in eight east-central European legislatures between 1990 and 2011. I find some preliminary support for my argument.
Dr Radoslaw Zubek is an Associate Professor of European Politics in the Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Oxford, UK. His current research focuses on legislative politics in European democracies, with a particular focus on coalition politics and floor agenda control.