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District magnitude and representation of the majority's preferences: a comment and reinterpretation

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

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Abstract

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.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://link.springer.com/journal/11127
Additional Information: © 2012 Springer Science+Business Media New York
Library of Congress subject classification: J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe)
Sets: Departments > Government
Rights: http://www.lse.ac.uk/library/usingTheLibrary/academicSupport/OA/depositYourResearch.aspx
Date Deposited: 12 Dec 2012 09:31
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/47669/

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