Local Economic Structures and their Impact on MPs Engagement in Environmental Debates: A Case Study of Rogaland
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- Master of Science 
This study examines whether Members of Parliament (MPs) from Rogaland, Norway, are influenced by the local economic structure in their home constituency during parliamentary debates on environmental issues. By analysing parliamentary speeches, economic data, and voter information, we employ natural language processing techniques, including Structural Topic Modelling and sentiment analysis. Our objective is to determine if Rogaland MPs demonstrate a stronger connection to their local economic structure when engaging in debates within the realm of environmental concerns. Our findings indicate that elected MPs from Rogaland are highly involved in discussions pertaining to energy, petroleum, and emissions. Furthermore, we observe a significant deviation among Rogaland MPs from their party colleagues on these specific topics. Our interpretation suggests that MPs from Rogaland prioritize representing local concerns in parliamentary debates.
Masteroppgave(MSc) in Master of Science in Applied Economics - Handelshøyskolen BI, 2023