In this study, we look at committee assignment by focusing on the extent to which MPs’ desires to become members of certain committees are fulfilled. Our theoretical argument is based on the assumption that legislators pursue individual goals, which interact with party leaders’ ones. To test our hypotheses, we use original survey data on elected candidates to the Italian Parliament that were collected immediately after the 2013 general election. Our main findings highlight that individual preferences driven by distributive interests are more likely to be accommodated in the case of legislators who are close to their party in ideological terms. On the contrary, ideological proximity to the party does not seem to affect committee assignment when MPs’ preferences are driven by expertise-based motivations.

Personal Ambitions, Expertise and Parties’ Control : Understanding Committee Assignment in the Italian Chamber of Deputies / D. Giannetti, A. Pedrazzani, L. Pinto. - In: PARLIAMENTARY AFFAIRS. - ISSN 0031-2290. - 72:1(2019), pp. 119-140. [10.1093/pa/gsy013]

Personal Ambitions, Expertise and Parties’ Control : Understanding Committee Assignment in the Italian Chamber of Deputies

A. Pedrazzani;
2019

Abstract

In this study, we look at committee assignment by focusing on the extent to which MPs’ desires to become members of certain committees are fulfilled. Our theoretical argument is based on the assumption that legislators pursue individual goals, which interact with party leaders’ ones. To test our hypotheses, we use original survey data on elected candidates to the Italian Parliament that were collected immediately after the 2013 general election. Our main findings highlight that individual preferences driven by distributive interests are more likely to be accommodated in the case of legislators who are close to their party in ideological terms. On the contrary, ideological proximity to the party does not seem to affect committee assignment when MPs’ preferences are driven by expertise-based motivations.
Legislative Committees; Committee Assignment; Political Parties; Party Unity; Legislative Organisation; Italian Parliament
Settore SPS/11 - Sociologia dei Fenomeni Politici
Settore SPS/04 - Scienza Politica
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