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The Strain of Representation: How Parties Represent Diverse Voters in Western and Eastern Europe

Robert Rohrschneider and Stephen Whitefield


The main aim of the book is to assess and explain the extent to which political parties across Europe as a whole succeed in representing diverse voters. We note two important features of the European political landscape that complicate the task of assessing party representation and that require its reassessment. First, the emergence of new democracies in post-Communist Central and Eastern Europe point to the possibility that representation is not only differentially achieved in West and East but may also be attained by different mechanisms. Second, parties in both West and East must now seek t ... More

Keywords: representation, political parties, partisanship, political ideology, Europe, post-communism, party organizations

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199652785
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199652785.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Robert Rohrschneider, author
Sir Robert Worcester Distinguished Professor of International Public Opinion and Survey Research, University of Kansas.

Stephen Whitefield, author
Professor of Politics, Department of Politics and International Relations, Oxford University and Fellow in Politics, Pembroke College, Oxford.