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

Kris Deschouwer and Sam Depauw


Modern democracy is organized as a representative democracy in which those representing the people are elected to 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 volatile. How, then, do elected representatives of the people see and fulfil their role? To study this a survey was organized among the members of statewide and sub-state parliaments in fifteen countries. Members ... More

Keywords: parliament, representation, political parties, members of parliament, regional parliaments

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Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199684533
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199684533.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kris Deschouwer, editor
Research Professor and Head of the Department of Political Science, Vrije Universiteit Brussel

Sam Depauw, editor
Assistant Professor and Post-doctoral Researcher, Vrije Universiteit Brussel

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1 Representing the People in Parliaments

Kris Deschouwer, Sam Depauw, and Audrey André

2 Representational Roles

Agnieszka Dudzińska, Corentin Poyet, Olivier Costa, and Bernhard Weßels

3 The Representation of Old and New Groups

Daniele Caramani, Karen Celis, and Bram Wauters

4 From Agency to Institutions and Back

Silvia Erzeel, Didier Caluwaerts, and Karen Celis

5 Electoral Rules and Legislators’ Personal Vote-seeking

Audrey André, André Freire, and Zsófia Papp

6 Agreement, Loyalty, and Discipline

Cynthia M. C. van Vonno, Reut Itzkovitch Malka, Sam Depauw, Reuven Y. Hazan, and Rudy B. Andeweg

7 MPs’ Inter-party Contacts and the Operation of Party Democracy

Marcelo Jenny, Wolfgang C. Müller, Jonathan Bradbury, Nikolaus Eder, and Gabriella Ilonszki

8 Legislators’ Constituency Orientation

Audrey André, Michael Gallagher, and Giulia Sandri

10 Career Patterns in Multilevel Systems

Jean-Benoit Pilet, Filippo Tronconi, Pablo Oñate, and Luca Verzichelli

11 The Institutional Constraints of Representation

Kris Deschouwer, and Sam Depauw

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