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

Sudulich, Laura, Trumm, Siim, bridgewater, Jack (2020) Parliamentary Representation: A Cross-national Study of Candidates’ Views. Parliamentary Affairs, 73 (3). pp. 522-542. ISSN 0031-2290. (doi:10.1093/pa/gsz009) (KAR id:73010)

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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
DOI/Identification number: 10.1093/pa/gsz009
Subjects: J Political Science > JN Political institutions and public administration (Europe)
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Human and Social Sciences > School of Politics and International Relations
Depositing User: Laura Sudulich
Date Deposited: 15 Mar 2019 07:52 UTC
Last Modified: 16 Dec 2021 16:18 UTC
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