BJØRN ERIK RASCH
Parliamentary Floor Voting Procedures and Agenda Setting in Europe
Legislative Studies Quarterly XXV:3-23

Which voting methods do European parliaments use when they make choices between multiple, mutually exclusive alternatives? To what extent are legislative outcomes affected by differences in floor voting procedures at the final stage of legislative processes? In the first part of the analysis, I describe the parliamentary voting procedures applied in Western and East-Central Europe. It turns out that only two approaches occur: the amendment (elimination) procedure, and the successive procedure. In the second part of the paper, I outline and discuss some normative properties and political consequences of the two parliamentary voting procedures, focusing in particular, on principles of agenda formation.


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