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Dissent in a party-based parliament: The Portuguese case

Leston-Bandeira, Cristina


Cristina Leston-Bandeira


With a focus on the Portuguese case, this article shows how MPs express disagreement with their parties in a highly cohesive and party-dominated parliament. We review the features that explain why the Portuguese institutional framework reinforces party control over the parliamentary mandate and discuss the different ways Portuguese MPs express party dissent. In the last section of the article, we analyse data on voting for a period of just over 30 years. Contrary to what the literature tells us, Portuguese MPs have been breaching voting discipline regularly since 1976.


Leston-Bandeira, C. (2009). Dissent in a party-based parliament: The Portuguese case. Party Politics, 15(6), 695-713.

Journal Article Type Article
Online Publication Date Oct 23, 2009
Publication Date Nov 1, 2009
Deposit Date Nov 13, 2014
Journal Party Politics
Print ISSN 1354-0688
Electronic ISSN 1460-3683
Publisher SAGE Publications
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 15
Issue 6
Pages 695-713
Keywords Measure of voting dissent; Party dissent; Portuguese parliament; Voting dissent
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