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Styles of Political Representation: What Do Voters Expect?
Department of Political Science, Åbo Akademi University, Finland .ORCID iD: 0000-0003-2072-317X
Department of Political Science, University of Helsinki, Finland.
2010 (Swedish)In: Journal of Elections, Public Opinion, and Parties, ISSN 1745-7289, Vol. 20, no 1, 55-81 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Until recently, voters’ views on the representational roles of MPs have been alargely unexplored field in the studies of political behaviour. With the exception of the workby Carman, and Mendez-Lago & Martínez, the few existing studies have mainly beenconducted in the US and are fairly dated. In this study, we are partly filling this gap byexamining voters’ views on representational roles in the Finnish open-list PR system withmandatory preferential voting, which is characterized by a strong degree of candidatecenteredness. Based on the Finnish national election study 2007 (FSD2138, N = 1,422), wefirst analyse support for various representational styles most often discussed in the literature,i.e. resemblance, delegation and trustee model, and then account for it through the social andpolitical background of the respondents. The results show that both the delegate and trusteestyles of representation are almost equally popular. The support for the different styles ofrepresentation is connected to socio-demographic factors and to some extent political integrationand orientation. Based on our findings we argue that the Finnish context becomesparticularly evident in the heavy investment placed by voters on individual representatives.Finally, more research in the field, and especially development of more nuanced surveyinstruments are required in order to fully account for the complex nature of citizens’ expectationsof the representational relationship.

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2010. Vol. 20, no 1, 55-81 p.
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Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalization Studies)
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URN: urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-25368DOI: 10.1080/17457280903450724OAI: oai:DiVA.org:miun-25368DiVA: diva2:828489
Available from: 2015-06-30 Created: 2015-06-30 Last updated: 2015-07-23Bibliographically approved

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