More Money, Fewer Problems? Cross-Level Effects of Economic Deprivation on Political Representation

Rosset, Jan; Giger, Nathalie; Bernauer, Julian (2013). More Money, Fewer Problems? Cross-Level Effects of Economic Deprivation on Political Representation. West European politics, 36(4), pp. 817-835. Taylor & Francis 10.1080/01402382.2013.783353

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While equal political representation of all citizens is a fundamental democratic goal, it is hampered empirically in a multitude of ways. This study examines how the societal level of economic inequality affects the representation of relatively poor citizens by parties and governments. Using CSES survey data for citizens’ policy preferences and expert placements of political parties, empirical evidence is found that in economically more unequal societies, the party system represents the preferences of relatively poor citizens worse than in more equal societies. This moderating effect of economic equality is also found for policy congruence between citizens and governments, albeit slightly less clear-cut.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

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

UniBE Contributor:

Bernauer, Julian

Subjects:

300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 320 Political science

ISSN:

0140-2382

Publisher:

Taylor & Francis

Language:

English

Submitter:

Julian Bernauer

Date Deposited:

23 May 2014 15:44

Last Modified:

16 Dec 2014 03:38

Publisher DOI:

10.1080/01402382.2013.783353

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.52815

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/52815

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