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Quantifying parliamentary representation of constituents’ preferences with quasi-experimental data

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  • Stadelmann, David
  • Portmann, Marco
  • Eichenberger, Reiner

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We analyze the effect of constituents’ preferences on legislators’ decisions within a quasi-experimental setting: In the Swiss referendum process, constituents and legislators vote on policy proposals and thus reveal their preferences. We match roll call votes of all legislators on 118 legislative proposals with revealed constituents’ preferences on exactly the same issues from 1996 to 2009. This setting allows us to quantify the quality of parliamentary representation. Results show that the probability of a legislator accepting a law proposal increases slightly when his/her constituency accepts the proposal and we explore mediating factors that affect congruence between legislators and constituents.

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  • Stadelmann, David & Portmann, Marco & Eichenberger, Reiner, 2013. "Quantifying parliamentary representation of constituents’ preferences with quasi-experimental data," Journal of Comparative Economics, Elsevier, vol. 41(1), pages 170-180.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:jcecon:v:41:y:2013:i:1:p:170-180
    DOI: 10.1016/j.jce.2012.05.005
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    Political representation; Constituents’ preferences; Referenda; Spatial voting models;

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    • D7 - Microeconomics - - Analysis of Collective Decision-Making
    • H7 - Public Economics - - State and Local Government; Intergovernmental Relations

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