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Title: Attention to EU Affairs in the Spanish Parliament: The Role of Credit-Claiming and Issue Saliency Strategies
Author: Palau Roqué, Anna M.
Keywords: Parlaments
Legislative bodies
Issue Date: 5-Dec-2019
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Abstract: Recent research demonstrates that the salience of EU affairs in domestic parliaments is mainly driven by government parties. This has been interpreted as illustrating the so-called opposition deficit thesis and mainly explained considering governments' informational advantages and reporting duties. Drawing on a dataset on oral questions introduced in plenary meetings in the Spanish parliament, this article sheds new light on government and opposition MPs' incentives to raise attention to the EU. Results show that in Spain, where there is no party conflict on European integration, government MPs pay attention to EU affairs following credit-claiming strategies. These strategies are likely in the context of EU events and when the perceived benefits of integration are high, and unlikely under critical junctures, when the EU cannot be framed as a governmental success. Opposition MPs pay less attention to EU affairs but they still use the EU to give visibility to issues that are of interest to their voters.
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It is part of: Parliamentary Affairs, 2019, vol. 00
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ISSN: 0031-2290
Appears in Collections:Articles publicats en revistes (Ciència Política, Dret Constitucional i Filosofia del Dret)

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