I the people? Self-interest and demand for government responsiveness

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Title
I the people? Self-interest and demand for government responsiveness
Journal
Comparative Political Studies
Author(s)
Rosset  J., Giger  N., Bernauer  J.
ISSN
0010-4140
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Oui
Abstract
Whether elected representatives should be responsive to the wishes of the majority of citizens has been an issue often discussed from a normative perspective. This article shifts the focus by looking at the determinants of support for responsiveness among citizens. Its core argument is that attitudes toward responsiveness vary systematically depending on the policy gains an individual can expect from a government that is responsive to the preferences of the majority of citizens. The analysis of data from the European Social Survey and 21 countries confirms these expectations. Individuals whose ideological stances are reflected well by the incumbent government are less favorable to the idea that governments should be responsive to the preferences of the majority, while one's proximity to the ideological location of the median citizen increases the odds of support for majority responsiveness. Our findings are stable across a large variety of European democracies.
Keywords
political representation, responsiveness, ideological congruence, comparative politics
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10/02/2016 15:29
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20/08/2019 14:26
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