On the Relevance of Exclamation Mark Motions

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Whether a motion will pass in the vote in a legislative body like a parliament depends on the power the party has that proposes the motion and on the outcome of the discussion between the parliament and the government. A third factor, however, the intention expressed in the motion and also might play a role. The motion might be used as intended. Now, it is in line with the task the parliamentarian has controlling the government. The parliamentarian might ask to adjust policy or might ask for additional information to enable control. Motions in which this is asked are labeled question mark motion. However, one might also distinguish exclamation mark motions. Such motions are often used in the context of agenda setting. It is shown that the intention of the motion has no significant effect on the probability to pass the vote. This is followed by a discussion of possible reasons for this finding.

Aus. J. Law. Ethi & Gov. Vol 2(2), October 2016, P 165-176


Parliamentary Motions; Cognitive Mapping; Social Dilemmas; Collective Decision-making; Negotiations; Text Analysis

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