Parliamentary debate is one major outlet for Members of Parliament (MPs), who spend lots of time preparing for and participating in such discussions. In this paper, we investigate in how far the focus MPs choose in their speeches varies as the economic, partisan and electoral context changes. We choose to study the dynamics nature of speech content in the UK House of Commons, as British MPs enjoy broad discretion regarding the content of their speeches. This paper analyses the constituency, national or partisan focus of all speeches held in the House of Commons between January 1996 and September 2004. We find that government and opposition MPs react differently to contextual changes. Government MPs generally have a higher district focus, which is increased further when the local economy declines and when the governing party becomes more popular.
|Publication status||Published - 4 Sep 2013|
|Event||7th ECPR General Conference 2013 - Sciences Po Bordeaux, Domaine Universitaire, Bordeaux, France|
Duration: 4 Sep 2013 → 7 Sep 2013
|Conference||7th ECPR General Conference 2013|
|Period||4/09/13 → 7/09/13|