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Comparative Politics Speaker Series- Frank Thames (Texas Tech)

The Electoral Costs of Indiscipline in the Ukrainian Rada

Mon, February 6, 2017 | BAT 5.108

12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Does indiscipline hurt the electoral prospects of legislators? Using electoral and roll-call data from the Ukrainian Rada between 1994 to 2014, I test whether shirking and party switching affect the likelihood of deputies running as partisans and winning seats in the next election. I analyze the impact of indiscipline on the electoral prospects of both single-member district (SMD) and proportional-representation (PR) deputies.  The analysis shows that indiscipline has little if any cost for SMD deputies and only modest costs for PR deputies.  These results suggest that parties and voters in the Ukrainian context do not severely punish wayward legislators. 

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