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Dyadic Representation in a Westminster System

Hanretty, C; Lauderdale, BE; Vivyan, N; (2017) Dyadic Representation in a Westminster System. Legislative Studies Quarterly , 42 (2) pp. 235-267. 10.1111/lsq.12148. Green open access

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Abstract

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

Type: Article
Title: Dyadic Representation in a Westminster System
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1111/lsq.12148
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1111/lsq.12148
Language: English
Additional information: © 2016 The Authors Legislative Studies Quarterly published by Wiley Periodicals, Inc. on behalf of Washington University in St. Louis. This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/).
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Dept of Political Science
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10066368
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