Setting the policy agenda: the role of economic context, parliamentary majority and party membership
There are conflicting beliefs about the influence of parties on policy. Sceptical observers point to broken pledges and competing demands on governments’ legislative time; others decry overt partisanship. Yet, as Shaun Bevan and Zachary Greene argue, parties do draw policies towards their stated goals if they cannot complete their policy mandates.
Studies of partisan influence show that parties rarely pursue policies based […]