Sebők Miklós - Kubik Bálint - Molnár Csaba: Exercising control and gathering information: the functions of interpellations in Hungary (1990–2014)

Biblio: Sebők Miklós - Molnár Csaba - Kubik Bálint (2017):  Exercising Control and Gathering Information: The Functions of Interpellations in Hungary (1990-2014). Journal of Legislative Studies 2017:(4) pp. 1-19. 

Nyelv: angol

Absztrakt: The article investigates the factors shaping the number and content of interpellations, a form of parliamentary questions by members of parliament (MPs) in post-regime change Hungary. Four theoretical propositions regarding the functions of interpellations are examined in this context: political control; policy-oriented information seeking; parliamentary group leadership; and constituency service. A new database of 4096 observations for the period between 1990 and 2014 is compiled in order to analyse these hypotheses. Computer-assisted content analysis techniques and count data regressions are used to describe the text of interpellations in terms of their geographical and policy content. Results show that opposition MPs interpellate more, whereas representatives of single-member districts and regional lists interpellate less than their peers. Representatives from single-member districts and regional lists make more reference to local issues in general, but not to their own district or county. Finally, policy specialisation increases the likelihood of submitting pertinent parliamentary questions.



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