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. (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.