When legislators choose not to decide: Abstentions in the European Parliament

  • Monika Mühlböck (Ko-Autor*in)
  • Nikoleta Yordanova (Ko-Autor*in)

    Aktivität: VortragWissenschaftlicher Vortrag (Science-to-Science)


    Numerous studies on legislative behaviour have analysed why legislators choose to vote `Yea' or `Nay'. However, a further option has so far been largely neglected: legislators can also choose not to decide and simply abstain from voting. This paper examines why legislators choose to explicitly
    vote `Abstain' whenever voting rules allow for such a vote choice. Is it because they shy away from taking sides when facing competing demands? We address this question studying roll-call voting data from the 6th European Parliament, complemented with survey- and interview-evidence. We find that Members of the European Parliament are indeed prone to abstain when torn between different positions of their national party, their transnational group, and their country's minister.
    Zeitraum13 Sept. 201216 Sept. 2012
    EreignistitelSixth Pan-European Conference on EU Politics
    VeranstaltungstypKeine Angaben