From agenda setters to agenda takers? The determinants of party issue attention in times of crisis

In this article Enrico Borghetto and I assess the extent to which the recent sovereign debt crisis impacted the way parties balance the two imperatives of democratic representation,  fulfilling the party mandate received by their voters and mirroring the changing priorities of public opinion. Through the issue coding of around 10,000 parliamentary oral questions tabled in Italy, Portugal and Spain between 2003 and 2014, the analysis shows that the worsening of economic conditions intensified the impact of citizens’ priorities. However, there is no clear evidence of a decline in the importance of the party mandate for either the majority or opposition parties.

It is part of a special issue edited by Nicolò Conti, Swen Hutter and Kyriaky Nanou published on “Party Politics”