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Parliamentary Representation: A Cross-national Study of Candidates’ Views

Sudulich, Laura and Trumm, Siim and Bridgewater, Jack (2020) 'Parliamentary Representation: A Cross-national Study of Candidates’ Views.' Parliamentary Affairs, 73 (3). pp. 522-542. ISSN 0031-2290

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Abstract

This study explores political elites’ self-conceptualisation of parliamentary representation by using data on nearly 7000 candidates encompassing 18 elections in 15 countries. We examine the relevance of institutional features, closeness to the sources of representatives’ mandates, party family, as well as candidates’ personal characteristics, with a modelling strategy that accommodates the understanding of role orientation as a two-stage process. We posit that choosing between being loyal to a party or to voters is not equivalent to prioritising one’s own agency in the first place, and suggest that self-conceptualisation of parliamentary representation happens in two different stages. We find that individual-level characteristics such as gender and ideological proximity to one’s party, but also party family, play a key role in shaping views on authority versus independence. The effects of political environment and institutions are limited to shaping a choice between responding to one’s party or constituents.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Representation, political elites, role perception, delegate, trustee, partisan
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences
Faculty of Social Sciences > Government, Department of
SWORD Depositor: Elements
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 08 Dec 2020 15:44
Last Modified: 06 Jan 2022 14:20
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/29292

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