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Title / Titel Voting Behavior in the Zurich Cantonal Parliament, 2011 – 2015 and 2015 -2019
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Original title / Originaltitel Abstimmungsverhalten im Zürcher Kantonsrat 2011-2015 und 2015-2019
Summary / Zusammenfassung There have been few analyses of voting behavior in cantonal parliaments to date. Since 2007, however, the Zurich cantonal parliament has employed an electronic voting system. Though this makes it possible to examine the voting behavior of individual parliamentarians over time, such information has thus far not been used for political science analysis. The proposal here, therefore, is to systematically analyze this electronically recorded data during the 2011 - 2015 and 2015 - 2019 legislative sessions.

Concepts and methods previously developed for analyzing parliamentary behavior will be used for evaluating the data. The primary focus is on analyzing the maintenance of party discipline (or ‘upholding the party line’) within parliamentary factions. In other words, the focus is on the ‘coherence’ of voting behavior among members of parliamentary party groupings. The key question is what can explain notable deviations or difficulties in maintaining the party line. The existing literature suggests divergence could be due to individual characteristics of the parliamentarians, aspects or characteristics of the particular issues at hand, or to factors inherent to the parliamentary party groups themselves. Other issues raised in previous research on parliaments will also be addressed.
Publications / Publikationen Bütikofer, Sarah/Widmer Thomas (2012): Das Abstimmungsverhalten des Zürcher Kantonsrats 2011-2015. Jahresbericht Amtsjahr 2011/2012. Zürich: Kantonsrat Zürich.
http://www.ipz.uzh.ch/institut/mitarbeitende/staff/widmer/dokumente/KR-ZH_JB1_vdef_20120921.pdf

Bütikofer, Sarah/Widmer, Thomas (2013): Das Abstimmungsverhalten des Zürcher Kantonsrats 2011-2015. Jahresbericht Amtsjahr 2012/2013. Zürich: Kantonsrat Zürich.
http://www.ipz.uzh.ch/dam/jcr:00000000-6734-da5c-ffff-ffffdab141be/KR_ZH_JB2_vdef_20130910.pdf

Bütikofer, Sarah/Widmer, Thomas (2014): Das Abstimmungsverhalten des Zürcher Kantonsrats 2011-2015. Jahresbericht Amtsjahr 2013/2014. Zürich: Kantonsrat Zürich.
http://www.ipz.uzh.ch/dam/jcr:0415c6b3-1ae6-4698-a50c-bfa6ab7b0bf1/KR-ZH_JB3_vdef_20141030.pdf

Bütikofer, Sarah/Widmer, Thomas (2015): Das Abstimmungsverhalten des Zürcher Kantonsrats 2011-2015. Schlussbericht. Zürcher Politik- & Evaluationsstudien Nr. 15, November 2015.
http://www.ipz.uzh.ch/de/forschung/publikationen/publikationsreihen/ZuerchpolEva.html

Keywords / Suchbegriffe Zurich Cantonal Parliament; Zürcher Kantonsrat; Parlament; parliament; Abstimmungsverhalten; voting behavior; Zürich; Zurich
Project leadership and contacts /
Projektleitung und Kontakte
Prof. Dr. Thomas Widmer (Project Leader) thow@ipz.uzh.ch
Funding source(s) /
Unterstützt durch
Other Public Sources (e.g. Federal or Cantonal Agencies)
Zürcher Kantonsrat
Duration of Project / Projektdauer May 2011 to Sep 2019