Representation through empty seats? Parliamentary alternates in the light of different concepts of representation

Frick, Karin (4 February 2021). Representation through empty seats? Parliamentary alternates in the light of different concepts of representation (Unpublished). In: SPSA Annual Conference 2021. Virtual Event. 04.02.-05.02.2021.

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In recent times, parliaments of all Swiss state levels have had to deal with demands for alternate members. The hope is that allowing alternate members will, on the one hand, make it easier for members of parliament to reconcile politics, family and work and thus ultimately save the militia system. On the other hand, it addresses the question of whether empty seats can represent at all and what can be done if elected representatives are frequently or long absent. In practice, parliaments allowing alternates are rather rare. Nevertheless, rules vary considerably with regard to the mode of selection and the rights and duties of the alternates as well as the conditions that allow alternation. Neither these rules as such nor the underlying concepts of representation have, however, been investigated in political science to date. This contribution uses a comparative case study approach to compare the regulations for parliamentary alternates in two Swiss cantons (Graubünden, Valais) and Liechtenstein, and creates a typology to show which concepts of representation they reflect and to what extent they contribute to the realization of the respective. Furthermore, this typology will enable the investigation of empirical questions relating both to the composition and functioning of parliaments and to the behavior and political positions of individual representatives.

Item Type:

Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)

Division/Institute:

03 Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences > Social Sciences > Institute of Political Science

UniBE Contributor:

Frick, Karin Manuela

Subjects:

300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 320 Political science

Language:

English

Submitter:

Karin Manuela Frick

Date Deposited:

31 May 2021 17:04

Last Modified:

31 May 2021 17:04

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.153044

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/153044

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