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Dyadic representation in a Westminster system.

Hanretty, Chis and Lauderdale, Benjamin E. and Vivyan, Nick (2017) 'Dyadic representation in a Westminster system.', Legislative studies quarterly., 42 (2). pp. 235-267.

Abstract

Is policy representation in contemporary Westminster systems solely a function of programmatic national parties, or does the election of legislators via single-member districts result in MPs whose policy positions are individually responsive to public opinion in their constituencies? We generate new measures of constituency opinion in Britain and show that, in three different policy domains and controlling for MP party, the observed legislative behavior of MPs is indeed responsive to constituency opinion. The level of responsiveness is moderate, but our results do suggest a constituency-MP policy bond that operates in addition to the well-known bond between voters and parties.

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Status:Peer-reviewed
Publisher Web site:https://doi.org/10.1111/lsq.12148
Publisher statement:© 2016 The Authors Legislative Studies Quarterly published by WileyPeriodicals, Inc. on behalf of Washington University in St. Louis This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Date accepted:03 June 2016
Date deposited:26 August 2016
Date of first online publication:01 August 2016
Date first made open access:26 August 2016

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