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Parliaments: rules and behaviour

CC-BY-SA 3.0 Edwtie

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.

Tom Louwerse
Assistant Professor


(2018). The Netherlands: The reinvention of consensus democracy. In: Elisabetta De Giorgi and Gabriella Ilonszki (Eds.) Opposition Parties in European Legislatures: Conflict or Consensus?, Abingdon and New York: Routledge..

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

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

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

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

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

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(2014). Een middenkabinet of een minderheidskabinet?. In: G. Voerman (Ed.), Halverwege? Tussenbalans kabinet Rutte-II, pp. 35–48, Den Haag: Montesquieu Instituut..

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