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Parliaments: rules and behaviour

The digital publication of parliamentary data has provided a great incentive for the study of parliamentary behaviour. My current work focuses mainly on the Netherlands, but also Belgium and Sweden as well as country-comparative analysis.

The main questions that I focus on are those of patterns of parliamentary (voting) behaviour, particularly with regard to party unity and the government-opposition division in parliament. In addition, I am interested in the concept of (positive and negative) parliamentarism as well as the government formation process.

Current (working and conference) papers

Louwerse, T. (2017) The Blurring of Opposition: Measuring Government-Opposition Relations in Parliament. Paper presented at the General Conference of the European Political Science Association, Milan, 22-24 June, and at the 4th Conference of the ECPR Standing Group on Parliaments, Basel, 29 June-1 July 2017.

Otjes, S., Louwerse, T. & Timmermans, A. (2017) Populism and Opposition Party Behaviour in Netherlands. Paper presented at he 4th Conference of the ECPR Standing Group on Parliaments, Basel, 29 June-1 July 2017.

Otjes, S., Louwerse, T. & Timmermans A. (2016) The Reinvention of Consensus Democracy: Opposition Party Behaviour in the Netherlands, 1998-2015. Paper presented at the ECPR General Conference, Prague, 7-10 September.

Louwerse, T. (2015) The concept of ‘positive’ and ‘negative’ parliamentarism. Paper presented at the workshop ‘Vague concepts and poor operationalization – solutions to measurement problems in studies of government formation’, Stockholm, 16-18 September.


. Parliamentary Questions as Strategic Party Tools. West European Politics, 41(2): 496-516, 2018.

PDF Code Dataset Project doi

. The Dutch Parliamentary Behaviour Dataset. Acta Politica, 53(1), 149-166, 2018.

PDF Dataset Project doi

. Naar nieuwe verhoudingen tussen Kamer en kabinet?. In: Rudy B. Andeweg and Monique Leyenaar (eds). Alle stemmen tellen. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press., 2017.

Project Order book

. Reaching across the aisle: Explaining government–opposition voting in parliament. Party Politics, 23(6): 746–759, 2017.

Project Accepted Manuscript doi

. The Impact of Parliamentary Specialisation on Cosponsorship. Journal of Legislative Studies 21(4): 476-494, 2015.

PDF Project Accepted Manuscript doi