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Dyadic representation in a Westminster system

Hanretty, Chris and Lauderdale, Benjamin E. and Vivyan, Nick (2017) Dyadic representation in a Westminster system. Legislative Studies Quarterly, 42 (2). pp. 235-267. ISSN 0362-9805

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Identification Number: 10.1111/lsq.12148


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 behaviour of MPs is indeed responsive to constituency opinion. The level of responsiveness is moderate, but our results do suggest a constituency-MP policy bond which operates in addition to the well-known bond between voters and parties.

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Additional Information: © 2016 The Authors Legislative Studies Quarterly published by Wiley Periodicals, Inc. on behalf of Washington University in St. Louis © CC BY 4.0
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe) > JN101 Great Britain
Sets: Departments > Methodology
Date Deposited: 07 Jun 2016 16:28
Last Modified: 02 Nov 2017 12:37
Projects: ES/K003666/1
Funders: Economic and Social Research Council

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