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Substance or behavior as links? Explaining representational judgments

Mirjam Dageförde
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Éric Kerrouche
Corentin Poyet


This chapter follows a subjective approach for evaluating representation and examines “citizens’ feeling of being represented” by the national parliament and their representatives. The authors examine this subject in two ways. The first explanatory approach emphasizes the relevance of substantive representation. In short, the more positively citizens perceive themselves to be represented concerning their values, issue preferences or their concerns as a member of a social group, the more positively they will evaluate the institutions and actors of the representational process. The second approach focuses on the behavior of representatives. It predicts representational judgments based on perceptions of MPs’ behavior. The results show that both explanatory approaches are relevant in explaining citizens’ representational judgments, but also suggest that perceptions of substantive representation are slightly more important than perceptions of MPs’ behavior.
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Mirjam Dageförde, Éric Kerrouche, Corentin Poyet. Substance or behavior as links? Explaining representational judgments. Oscar W Gabriel; Eric Kerrouche; Suzanne S. Schüttemeyer (eds.). Political representation in France and Germany: attitudes and activities of citizens and MPs, Palgrave Macmillan, pp.227-245, 2018, New perspectives in German political studies, 978-3-319-72029-6. ⟨10.1007/978-3-319-72029-6_8⟩. ⟨halshs-01835571⟩
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