Title
District magnitude and home styles of representation in European democracies District magnitude and home styles of representation in European democracies
Author
Faculty/Department
Faculty of Social Sciences. Political Sciences
Publication type
article
Publication
London ,
Subject
Law
Source (journal)
West European politics. - London, 1978, currens
Volume/pages
36(2013) :5 , p. 986-1006
ISSN
0140-2382
1743-9655
ISI
000322755300006
Carrier
E
Target language
English (eng)
Full text (Publishers DOI)
Affiliation
University of Antwerp
Abstract
How political representatives interact with constituents is contingent on the conditions under which they compete for re-election. It has been the assumption that intra-party competition shapes legislators' incentive to cultivate a personal reputation and thereby the incentive to engage in any constituency-oriented action that reputation may be built on. Using data from the PARTIREP cross-national survey among regional and national legislators in 12 European democracies, the assumption is proven to be inaccurate: focusing on more than one action at a time, it becomes clear that district magnitude increases the time representatives spend on some constituency-oriented actions and decreases the time they spend on others (even when the electoral incentive to nurture a personal reputation is strong). The article demonstrates that representatives' choice to engage in four constituency-oriented actions is related to the nature of these home styles and their electoral utility in a given context.
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