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The legislative agenda in most parliamentary systems is controlled tightly by the government and bills offered by individual members of parliament have low rates of success. Yet, MPs do seek to present (private) members’ bills even where the rate of adoption is very low. We argue that members’ bills serve as an electoral connection but also as an opportunity for MPs to signal competence to their co-partisans. To demonstrate the presence of an electoral connection we take advantage of the random selection of private members’ bills in the New Zealand House of Representatives and show that survey respondents approve more of electorate MPs whose bills were drawn on the ballot. In addition, we show that MPs respond to the incentives created by the voters and parties’ willingness to reward legislative effort and, consequently, that electorally vulnerable legislators are more likely to place members’ bills on the ballot.
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Data and code for: Boyne, George A., Oliver James, Peter John, and Nicolai Petrovsky. 2012. "Party Control, Party Competition and Public Service Performance." British Journal of Political Science 42 (3): 641-660.
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Data and code for: Boyne, George A., Oliver James, Peter John, and Nicolai Petrovsky. 2011. "Leadership Succession and Organisational Success: When Do New Chief Executives Make a Difference?" Public Money & Management 31 (5): 339-346.
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Data and code for: Boyne, George A., Oliver James, Peter John, and Nicolai Petrovsky. 2011. "Top Management Turnover and Organizational Performance: A Test of a Contingency Model." Public Administration Review 71 (4): 572-581.
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Data and code for: Boyne, George A., Oliver James, Peter John, and Nicolai Petrovsky. 2010. "Does Public Service Performance Affect Top Management Turnover?" Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory 20 (suppl. 2): i261-i279.
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2008 and 2012 CCES data along with population density and demographics at the zipcode level from the 2010 ACS (5-year)
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Data and code for: Boyne, George A., Oliver James, Peter John, and Nicolai Petrovsky. 2009. "Democracy and Government Performance: Holding Incumbents Accountable in English Local Governments." Journal of Politics 71 (4): 1273-1284.
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Shapefiles used in the optimization model presented in "High value of ecological information for river connectivity restoration" (Sethi et al.) In Review. Abstract: Efficient restoration of longitudinal river connectivity necessitates the use of sophisticated planning tools to maximize ecological benefits given constrained resources. Typically, ecological benefits of river barrier mitigation are measured using proxies such as the amount of accessible riverine habitat. We develop an optimization-based approach for targeting barrier mitigation which incorporates life history information of managed taxa. Findings are presented from an urbanizing salmon-bearing watershed in Alaska. Solutions informed by life history information outperformed those using only river connectivity proxies, demonstrating high value of ecological information in watershed restoration. For our study area, information on salmon ecology was typically valued at 0.8-1.2M USD based on costs savings for achieving a given benefit level relative to solutions derived with river connectivity proxies. This equated to 16-28% of the restoration budget. Investing in ecological studies may achieve win-win outcomes of improved understanding of aquatic ecology and greater watershed restoration efficiency.
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Oil Refineries 2 from Wikipedia
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This contains the parliamentary voting data from the Dutch Parliamentary Behaviour Dataset. It covers the period 1945-2015.
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