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Linking Citizens and Parties: How Electoral Systems Matter for Political Representation

Lawrence Ezrow


Democracy depends on parties to articulate the political preferences of citizens. Do parties perform this crucial function? This book moves beyond conjecture to address empirically the degree to which parties across Western Europe represent citizens. The study highlights the pathways (mainstream and niche) through which citizens' political preferences are expressed by their political parties. It concludes with a positive evaluation of these democracies as their citizens have access to at least one, and possibly both niche and mainstream pathways. This book makes three basic arguments. First, e ... More

Keywords: political representation, electoral systems, political parties, elections, party policy positions, citizens, party competition, Western Europe, democracy, niche, mainstream, Powell, McDonald, Budge, left‐right

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780199572526
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199572526.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Lawrence Ezrow, author
Lecturer in European Politics, Department of Government, University of Essex
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