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The role of social cultural and political factors in explaining perceived responsiveness of representatives in local government.

Jelluma, R.C. (2013) The role of social cultural and political factors in explaining perceived responsiveness of representatives in local government.

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Abstract:Aim of this study is to explore whether there are differences between Dutch civilians in levels of Perceived Responsiveness of Dutch representatives in local government and to explain any such differences. In the relevant literature some debate is going on whether Perceived Responsiveness is the result of Social Cultural Factors or Political Factors. In this study both basic lines of arguments will be examined as complementary political orientations. First the differences between levels of Perceived Responsiveness of Dutch civilians towards representatives in local government will be explored with descriptive analyses and a bi-variate analysis, after which multiple regression analyses will be used to investigate the extent to which Social Cultural Factors and Political Factors separately and in combination affect the levels of Perceived Responsiveness of Dutch representatives in local government. In this study the focus is on Local Attachment, Social Trust and Subjective Political Competence, as Social Cultural Factors. Political Satisfaction, Service Satisfaction and Mayor’s Party Preference are in this study included as Political Factors. The hypotheses are that higher levels of each of these factors will contribute to higher levels of Perceived Responsiveness of Dutch representatives in local government. For this study an existing data set is being used, in which the factors were already operationalized so that the information regarding the methodology of this existing data set is being used in this research. The results of this study show that there is a direct effect of Political Factors when referred to as Political Satisfaction and Service Satisfaction. This study empirically distinguishes itself because the results also show that the “socio-cultural” and the “political” approach can be regarded as complementary explanations of political orientations.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:88 social and public administration
Programme:Public Administration MSc (60020)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/62751
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