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Political Representation and Democracy

Bernhard Weßels

in The Oxford Handbook of Political Behavior

Published in print August 2007 | ISBN: 9780199270125
Published online September 2009 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199270125.003.0045

Series: OXFORD HANDBOOKS POL SCIENCE SERI OHPS C

Political Representation and Democracy

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This article discusses political representation and democracy, and argues that the character and quality of policy representation varies. These would depend on the institutional settings of democracies — the candidate selection and the electoral system — where the institutions provide incentives or disincentives for representatives to be responsive. The article explores the theoretical backbone of political representation and presents a review of related literature, with regards to the impact of institutions on representatives, their relation with voters, and policy representation.

Keywords: political representation; institutional settings of democracies; candidate selection; electoral system; theoretical backbone; policy representation

Article.  7614 words. 

Subjects: Politics ; Comparative Politics ; Political Institutions

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