Departmental Seminar 2020-21_935x561

March 16 to June 15, 2021: Departmental Seminar

In the Departmental Seminar members and friends of the Department of Political Science present current research projects.

The events take place virtually. No registration necessary.

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Dates for the summer semester 2021

(on Tuesdays, 12:30 to 13:30)

 


 

Tuesday, 16 March 2021

David Willumsen

Assistant Professor of Parliamentarianism and Political Parties

Beyond Gamson’s Law: Coalition Government Formation and Policy Payoffs

Abstract

The political science literature is surprisingly silent on the question of how political parties distribute policy payoffs during coalition negotiations. In this paper, we argue that due to the non-constant-sum nature of policy change and the shared responsibility for policy outcomes under coalition governments, policy payoffs for governing parties will, unlike ministerial office, not be distributed proportionally to party size, but instead the success of a party’s policy proposals will reflect their popularity among the other governing coalition parties. Using a unique dataset containing novel data on the budgetary impact of every measure proposed in election manifestos and coalition agreements over four legislative terms, we can directly observe the policy payoffs extracted by each party for participating in government, using a measure which is directly comparable across parties, policy areas, and time. The results have substantial implications for our understanding of the formation process and functioning of coalition governments.

 

Link: https://lms.uibk.ac.at/bigbluebutton/103332478884714



 

Tuesday, 20 April 2021

Franz Eder

Associate Professor of International Relations

Martin Senn

Associate Professor of International Relations

At Odds over Atoms? Measuring the Politicization of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons

Abstract

n/a

 

Link: https://lms.uibk.ac.at/bigbluebutton/103332479025487 

 


 

Tuesday, 18 May 2021

Lisa Lechner

Assistant Professor of Methods and Methodology in Political Science

Where to Pick From? International Bargaining over Policy Diffusion

Abstract

Research on diffusion has focused on the state as the adopting and sending object. This is too little to understand diffusion in the international negotiation context. Other mechanisms are at stake when a country group negotiates the adopting institutional design rather than if one single country reflects on appropriate policies. Overlapping memberships and international bargaining dynamics are two factors making the policy spread across international organizations distinct from diffusion across states or individuals. We argue that overlapping membership leads to policy transfer if the negotiating parties' initial bargaining positions align or if power-asymmetry is at stake. In case of discrepancies in terms of bargaining position or power-symmetry, countries might prefer to copy paste institutional design from foreign past treaties (e.g. treaties negotiated by non-member states). Adopting existing design avoids costs associated with the creation of new legal text. Yet, in situations of limited budgetary constraints countries might as well develop original legal text (e.g. innovation). We test our argument using a combination of automated text analysis and inferential temporal network analysis on a corpus of 414 preferential trade agreement texts signed between 1945 and 2018.

 

Link: https://lms.uibk.ac.at/bigbluebutton/103332479109105

 


 

Tuesday, 15.06.2021

Fabian Habersack

Postdoctoral researcher in Comparative Politics

Strategic choices of non-radical right parties reacting to nativism: Evidence from a quantitative cross-country analysis of election manifestos

Abstract

n/a

 

 Link: https://lms.uibk.ac.at/bigbluebutton/103332479166604

 


 

 

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