Choosing you own boss: Variations of representation foci in mixed electoral systems

TitleChoosing you own boss: Variations of representation foci in mixed electoral systems
Publication TypeJournal Article
AuthorsEnyedi, Z., and Mihail Chiru
Journal titleJournal of Legislative Studies
Year2015
Pages495-514
Volume21
Issue4
Abstract

Members of parliament are privileged agents. They can choose who to regard as their principal: the entire nation, a particular electoral district or a political party. Focusing on two countries with mixed electoral systems, Romania and Hungary, the article documents the dominance of the electoral logic of role-formation over the constraints of legislative organisation and the influence of socialisation. The focus of representation is found to be only modestly influenced by the degree of the embeddedness of MPs in political structures and hierarchies. The association of the seat with a particular territorial unit, on the other hand, has a robust effect even when this association originates in the political environment and not in formal rules. Finally, the psychological effect of losing a Single Member District is also found to influence how MPs perceive their representative role.

DOIhttps://doi.org/10.1080/13572334.2015.1077025
Publisher linkhttps://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/13572334.2015.1077025
Unit: 
Department of Political Science
Doctoral School of Political Science, Public Policy and International Relations
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