Snagovsky, Feodor; Kerby, Matthew
This article addresses the overlooked subject of party switching in the Canadian House of Commons for the period 1945-2011. We estimate a model that explores how and why MPs engage in the otherwise risky behaviour of abandoning their party labels in a system characterized by a low personal vote. Our findings suggest that the electoral consequences for MPs who switch parties for policy reasons are indistinguishable from MPs who do not switch at all. By contrast, MPs who switch parties for...[Show more]
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