Carey, John M. and Hix, Simon (2013) District magnitude and representation of the majority's preferences: a comment and reinterpretation. Public choice, 154 (1-2). pp. 139-148. ISSN 0048-5829
Drawing on new data that combine recorded votes from the Swiss National Assembly with canton-level referendum results on identical legislative proposals, Portmann et al. (Public Choice 151:585-610, 2012) develop an innovative strategy to identify the effect of district magnitude on the relationship between representatives and their constituents. We replicate PSE's central result and also estimate a related model that allows for the possibility of non-monotonicity in the relationship between district magnitude and representatives' deviance from referendum median voters. Our results indicate that representatives elected in low-magnitude multi-member districts deviate from canton-level majorities less than either MPs from single-member districts or those from high-magnitude multi-member districts.
|Additional Information:||© 2012 Springer Science+Business Media New York|
|Uncontrolled Keywords:||district magnitude, electoral systems, representation, Switzerland|
|Library of Congress subject classification:||J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe)|
|Sets:||Departments > Government|
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