War of Words: The Competitive Dynamics of Legislative Processes

A body of law is an example of a dynamic corpus of text documents that are jointly maintained by a group of editors who compete and collaborate in complex constellations. Our goal is to develop predictive models for this process, thereby shedding light on the competitive dynamics of parliamentarians who make laws. For this purpose, we curated a dataset of 450 000 legislative edits introduced by European parliamentarians over the last ten years. An edit modifies the status quo of a law, and could be in competition with another edit if it modifies the same part of that law. We propose a model for predicting the success of such edits, in the face of both the inertia of the status quo and the competition between overlapping edits. The parameters of this model can be interpreted in terms of the influence of parliamentarians and of the controversy of laws.

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Proceedings of the The Web Conference 2020
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The Web Conference - WWW ’20, Taipei, Taiwan, April 20-24, 2020
Apr 20 2020
ACM / IW3C2 (International World Wide Web Conference Committee)
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