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Legislative Debates in the Estonian Riigikogu

Sikk, A; Vinkel, P; (2021) Legislative Debates in the Estonian Riigikogu. In: Bäck, H and Debus, M and Fernandes, JMA, (eds.) Politics of Legislative Debates. Oxford University Press: Oxford, UK. (In press).

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In this chapter, we analyze the speechmaking among Estonian MPs between 2011 and 2019. We find that those holding parliamentary office in committees and party groups enjoy privileged floor access and are more active speakers compared to regular MPs. Opposition backbenchers, enjoying more freedom or eager to make their mark, participate more actively in parliamentary debates than their governing party colleagues. We also find that members of the coveted EU Affairs Committee as well as MPs from smaller parties and those with a greater personal electoral appeal (based on preference votes) speak more actively. The impact of gender, age and legislative experience on speech activism is less clear.

Type: Book chapter
Title: Legislative Debates in the Estonian Riigikogu
ISBN-13: 9780198849063
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher's terms and conditions.
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > SSEES
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10110110
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