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Representing the People (inbunden)

Representing the People

A Survey Among Members of Statewide and Substate Parliaments

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Based on interviews with members of over 70 parliamentary assemblies Representing the People explores how members of parliament perceive their role as representatives, and shows that the way in which they represent depends very much on the party to which they belong.
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Kris Deschouwer, Research Professor and Head of the Department of Political Science, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Sam Depauw, Assistant Professor and Post-doctoral Researcher, Vrije Universiteit Brussel Kris Deschouwer's research has focussed on political parties, elections, and the governance of divided societies. He is the central co-ordinator of the research programme PartiRep on political participation and representation. One of the projects of this PartiRep programme was the survey among members of parliament on which this book is based. He is Professor of Politics at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. Sam Depauw's research concentrates on legislative and electoral studies. He has published extensively on political representation and party discipline in West European Politics, the Journal of Legislative Studies, Acta Politica, and Party Politics. He is Assistant Professor and Post-doctoral Researcher at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel.


1. Representing the People in Parliaments ; 2. Representational Roles ; 3. The Representation and Old and New Groups ; 4. From Agency to Institutions and Back: Comparing Legislators' Acting on on Behalf of Women in Parliamentary Democracies ; 5. Electoral Rules and Legislators' Personal Vote-Seeking ; 6. Agreement, Loyalty and Discipline; A Sequential Approach to Party Unity ; 7. MPs' inter-party Contacts and the Operation of Party Democracy ; 8. Legislators' Constituency Orientation ; 9. Do the Media Set the Agenda of Parliament or is it the Other Way Around? Agenda Interactions Between MPs and Mass Media ; 10. Career Patterns in Multilevel Systems ; 11. The Institutional Constraints of Representation ; Appendix