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Effect of Electoral Systems on the Quality of Political Representation

Oost, M. (2016) Effect of Electoral Systems on the Quality of Political Representation.

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Abstract:Legislatures as elected institutions are expected to provide the voices of citizens in the policymaking process. In order to determine the extent that electoral systems affect the quality of political representation, we conducted a cross-sectional study. Legislative elections in free democracies were sampled and measures of many-to-many congruence were constructed to test the ideological preferences of citizens and representatives for similarity on the left-right issue dimension. Results indicated that electoral systems indirectly affect the quality of political representation, whilst controlled for the effect of the number of parliamentary parties, the evidence is marginal. For the benefit of making inferences about the direct effect of electoral systems, there might be a need for longitudinal data collection and further research on a more comprehensive conceptualization for electoral systems.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:89 political science
Programme:Public Administration MSc (60020)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/71516
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