Policy Representation in Western Democracies by Warren Miller

Policy Representation in Western Democracies

byWarren Miller, Roy Pierce, Jacques Thomassen

Hardcover | October 28, 1999

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Policy Representation in Western Democracies offers a comparative analysis of policy representation in five Western Democracies: France, Germany, the Netherlands, Sweden, and the US. A leading group of authors examines the impact of belief systems and geographical and institutionalcharacteristics on the match between the policy preferences of the electorate and those of their representatives. The book offers a variety of perspectives on the conceptualization, measurement, and interpretation of congruence between mass and elite opinion. The book also evaluates the consequencesof different electoral systems for policy representation.

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Warren Miller is at Arizona State University. Roy Pierce is at University of Michigan.
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Title:Policy Representation in Western DemocraciesFormat:HardcoverPublished:October 28, 1999Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198295707

ISBN - 13:9780198295709

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Table of Contents

1. Warren Miller: Introduction: Elite-Mass Linkage in Representative Democracy2. Roy Pierce: Mass-Elite Issue Linkages and the Responsible Party Model of Representation3. Jacques Thomassen: Political Communication between Political Elites and Mass Publics: The Role of Belief Systems4. Richard Herrera: The Language of Politics: A Study of Elite and Mass Understandings of Ideological Terminology in the United States and the Netherlands5. Soren Holmberg: Collective Policy Congruence Compared6. Peter Esaisson: Not all Politics is Local: The Geographical Dimension of Policy Representation7. Bernhard Wessels: System Characteristics Matter: Empirical Evidence from Ten Representation StudiesRoy Pierce.: Conclusion: Mixed Signals

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`This book does a fine job of educating the reader on the complexity and difficulty in determining what policy representation entails. Furthermore, the authors make a significant contribution to the comparative study of the subject. Those who are intrigued and challenged by the concept ofrepresentation will find this book to be an interesting piece of the policy representation puzzle.'American Political Science Review, 2001