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European Parliament elections and political representation: policy congruence between voters and parties

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Show simple item record Costello, Rory Thomassen, Jacques Rosema, Martin 2015-09-18T11:41:52Z 2015-09-18T11:41:52Z 2012
dc.description peer-reviewed en_US
dc.description.abstract It is often said that European Parliament elections fail as an instrument to express the will of the European people. However, while the elections are not contested at the European level and are often dominated by national issues, this does not necessarily imply that they fail to connect policy views of voters and representatives. We examine policy congruence between voters and candidates, utilizing the candidate and voter surveys of the European Election Study 2009. First, we demonstrate that policy preferences of candidates and voters are constrained by three separate policy dimensions. Second, we show that the quality of representation is high in terms of left/right, the main dimension of conflict in European politics, but lower on the cultural and European integration dimensions. Finally, we demonstrate that in some cases the aggregation of national parties in political groups in the European Parliament poses problems for effective political representation. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Routledge: Taylor and Francis en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries West European Politics;35 (6), pp. 1226-1248
dc.rights This is an Author's Original Manuscript of an article whose final and definitive form, the Version of Record, has been published in West European Politics 2012, 35 (6), pp. 1226-1248 ©Taylor & Francis, available online at: en_US
dc.subject political representation; policy congruence; European Parliament; elections en_US
dc.subject political representation en_US
dc.subject policy congruence en_US
dc.subject European Parliament en_US
dc.title European Parliament elections and political representation: policy congruence between voters and parties en_US
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/article en_US
dc.type.supercollection all_ul_research en_US
dc.type.supercollection ul_published_reviewed en_US
dc.rights.accessrights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess en_US
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