Democratic Representation in Europe: Diversity, Change, and Convergence

Hardcover | February 6, 2008

EditorMaurizio Cotta, Heinrich Best

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Democratic Representation in Europe: Diversity, Change and convergence explores representation as a core element of democracies in the modern era. Over the past 150 years parliamentary representation has developed into a main link between polity and society, and parliamentary representativeshave come to form the nucleus of political elites. The twenty authors of the 16 chapters follow a comparative and empirical approach by exploiting the unique longitudinal data-base of the EURELITE project, which has gathered standardized evidence about the structures of parliamentary representationin 11 European countries and their development over time; in many countries over 160 years. Following on from an earlier book by the same editors (Parliamentary Representatives in Europe 1848-2000.) which focused on trends in single European countries, Democratic Representation in Europe pursues atrans-national approach by comparing the mechanisms and modes of parliamentary recruitment and career formation between the main party families and various categories of the population in European societies. Such cross-national analyses, which include a longitudinal account of female representationthroughout modern European parliamentary history, have not been attempted before. The book concludes with longitudinal in-depth analyses of cleavage representation in European parliamentary history and of the impact of the institutional factor on political elites' transformations.Democratic Representation in Europe contributes to a better understanding of relations between social and political change, and of the importance of institutional factors in shaping the political elites of European democracies. In so doing it can help substantiate theoretical debates in the socialand political sciences on issues such as historical institutionalism and path dependency.

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Democratic Representation in Europe: Diversity, Change and convergence explores representation as a core element of democracies in the modern era. Over the past 150 years parliamentary representation has developed into a main link between polity and society, and parliamentary representativeshave come to form the nucleus of political el...

Maurizio Cotta is Professor of Political Science and Director of the Centre for the Study of Political Change at the University of Siena. He was Co-director of the Scientific Network, 'European Political Elites in Comparison: the long road to convergence' (EURELITE) funded by the European Science Foundation and is currently coordinat...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:530 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 1.44 inPublished:February 6, 2008Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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1. Maurizio Cotta and Heinrich Best: Parliamentary representatives from early democratisation to the age of consolidated democracyPart I: Dimensions of variation2. Michael Rush: The decline of the nobility3. Maurizio Cotta and Pedro Tavares de Almeida: From servants of the state to elected representatives4. Verona Christmas and Ulrik Kiaer: Why so few and why so slow?5. Daniel Gaxie and Laurent Godmer: Cultural capital and political selection6. Stefaan Fiers and Ineke Secker: A career through the party7. Mogens N. Pedersen, Ulrik Kjaer and Kjell A. Eliassen: The geographical dimension of parliamentary recruitmentPart II: Variations across party families8. Valerie Cromwell and Luca Verzichelli: The changing nature and role of European conservative parties in parliamentary institutions9. Ilka Ruostetsari: Restructuring of the European political centre: withering Liberals and persisting Agrarian party families10. Luca Verzichelli: Christian Democratic parliamentarians: from a century of multifaceted recruitment to the convergence within a larger family ?11. Gabriella Ilonski: Socialist and Communist members of parliament: distinctiveness, convergence, variance12. Juan J. Linz, Carmen Ortega and Miguel Jerez: The extreme right13. Filippo Tronconi and Luca Verzichelli: Parliamentary elites of new European party families: Unsuccessful challenges or chaotic signs of change?Part III: Comprehensive analyses14. Heinrich Best: Cleavage representation in European parliamentary history15. Maurizio Cotta, Luca Verzichelli: Paths of institutional development and elite transformationsMaurizio Cotta: ConclusionsReferences