Research event

Exogenous shocks, benchmarking, and legislative debates

An online presentation by Sven-Oliver Proksch (Universität Köln). This event is part of the Political Economy Lunch Seminar.


Exogenous shocks have the potential to disrupt parliamentary politics. At the same time, they provide legislators with an opportunity to react to the crisis and demonstrate responsiveness to voters. We study how quickly and in what way legislators respond to exogenous shocks during parliamentary debate. Using a novel machine translated corpus of parliamentary debates in nine European countries, we test whether legislators apply local or national benchmarking in evaluating the severity of a crisis. Our results have implications for our understanding of policy-making and political representation during crises.

Authors: Sven-Oliver Proksch, Jan Schwalbach, Jens Wäckerle