Representing the People: A Survey Among Members of Statewide and Substate Parliaments

Hardcover | June 15, 2014

EditorKris Deschouwer, Sam Depauw

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Modern democracy is organized as a representative democracy in which those representing the people are elected to their office. Political parties play a crucial role in this. They select the candidates, form or oppose governments, and organize the work of the representatives in parliament.This model of democracy is however being criticized. Parties are hardly trusted and voters have become very volatile. One wonders then how elected representatives of the people see and fulfil their role. In order to study this, a survey was organized among the members of statewide and substateparliament in fifteen countries. Members of 73 parliamentary assemblies were asked how they perceive their representative role, what they do to keep in touch with voters and how they behave and vote in parliament and how they will try to be re-elected. One of the ways in which candidates and elected members of parliament might react to the changing conditions in which they have to represent the people is by stressing more personal characteristics as opposed to the party label and party ideology. Representation might become more a matter ofpersonal choice. The results of the survey presented in this book do however confirm quite strongly that representation is very much shaped by the political institutions in which it is performed. Representation therefore differs between countries, between different electoral systems, betweenstatewide and regional parliaments, and depends also strongly on the party to which a member of parliament belongs. Representation does not depend as much on who the representatives are, as on where they are.Comparative Politics is a series for students, teachers, and researchers of political science that deals with contemporary government and politics. Global in scope, books in the series are characterised by a stress on comparative analysis and strong methodological rigour. The series is published inassociation with the European Consortium for Political Research. For more information visit: www.ecprnet.eu.

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Modern democracy is organized as a representative democracy in which those representing the people are elected to their office. Political parties play a crucial role in this. They select the candidates, form or oppose governments, and organize the work of the representatives in parliament.This model of democracy is however being critic...

Kris Deschouwer's research has focussed on political parties, elections, and the governance of divided societies. He is the central co-ordinator of the research programme PartiRep on political participation and representation. One of the projects of this PartiRep programme was the survey among members of parliament on which this book i...
Format:HardcoverDimensions:288 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.98 inPublished:June 15, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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1. Kris Deschouwer, Sam Depauw, and Audrey Andre: Representing the People in Parliaments2. Agnieszka Dudzi?ska, Corentin Poyet, Olivier Costa, and Bernhard Wessels: Representational Roles3. Daniele Caramani, Karen Celis, and Bram Wauters: The Representation and Old and New Groups4. Silvia Erzeel, Didier Caluwaerts, and Karen Celis: From Agency to Institutions and Back: Comparing Legislators' Acting on on Behalf of Women in Parliamentary Democracies5. Audrey Andre, Andre Freire, and Zsofia Papp: Electoral Rules and Legislators' Personal Vote-Seeking6. Cynthia M.C. van Vonno, Reut Itzkovitch Malka, Sam Depauw, Reuven Y. Hazan, and Rudy B. Andeweg: Agreement, Loyalty and Discipline; A Sequential Approach to Party Unity7. Marcelo Jenny, Wolfgang C. Muller, Jonathan Bradbury, Nikolaus Eder, and Gabriella llonszki: MPs' inter-party Contacts and the Operation of Party Democracy8. Audrey Andre, Michael Gallagher ,and Giulia Sandri: Legislators' Constituency Orientation9. Tor Midtbo, Stefaan Walgrave, Peter Van Aelst, and Dag Arne Christensen: Do the Media Set the Agenda of Parliament or is it the Other Way Around? Agenda Interactions Between MPs and Mass Media10. Jean-Benoit Pilet, Filippo Tronconi, Pablo Onate, and Luca Verzichelli: Career Patterns in Multilevel Systems11. Kris Deschouwer and Sam Depauw: The Institutional Constraints of RepresentationAppendix