Publication
Title
District magnitude and home styles of representation in European democracies
Author
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.
Language
English
Source (journal)
West European politics. - London, 1978, currens
Publication
London : 2013
ISSN
0140-2382 [print]
1743-9655 [online]
Volume/pages
36:5(2013), p. 986-1006
ISI
000322755300006
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UAntwerpen
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Publication type
Subject
Law 
Affiliation
Publications with a UAntwerp address
External links
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Last edited 16.11.2017
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