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What do voters want from their local MP?

Vivyan, Nick and Wagner, Markus (2015) 'What do voters want from their local MP?', Political quarterly., 86 (1). pp. 33-40.


This article summarises the findings from a study of what constituents want from their local Member of Parliament.1 We make use of a survey technique known as conjoint analysis, wherein we present a national sample of British voters with profiles of hypothetical MPs who vary randomly in their characteristics, activities and behaviour. We find that voters like MPs who are independent from the party line and who do not focus exclusively on national policy work. MPs' gender and experience matter far less to constituents. Overall, voters want a Parliament made up of strong-minded MPs who see their role as that of a constituency representative. This has important implications for parliamentary democracy in Britain.

Item Type:Article
Keywords:Constituency service, Members of Parliament, Rebellion, Representation, Survey experiments.
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Publisher statement:This is the accepted version of the following article: Vivyan, N. and Wagner, M. (2015), What Do Voters Want From Their Local MP?. The Political Quarterly, 86(1): 33–40, which has been published in final form at This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance With Wiley Terms and Conditions for self-archiving.
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Date deposited:03 June 2015
Date of first online publication:28 January 2015
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