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Reform and Representation: A New Method Applied to Recent Electoral Changes


Thad Kousser


University of California, San Diego (UCSD) - Department of Political Science

Justin Phillips


Columbia University - Department of Political Science

Boris Shor


Georgetown University, Department of Government

August 19, 2015


Abstract:     
Can electoral reforms such as an independent redistricting commission and the top-two primary create conditions that lead to better legislative representation? We explore this question by presenting a new method for measuring a key indicator of representation – the congruence between a legislator's ideological position and the average position of her district's voters. Our novel approach combines two methods: the joint classification of voters and political candidates on the same ideological scale, along with multilevel regression and post-stratification to estimate the position of the average voter across many districts in multiple elections. After validating our approach, we use it to study the recent impact of reforms in California, showing that they did not bring their hoped-for effects.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 42

Keywords: primaries, representation, elections, redistricting, polarization, MRP, ideal points, California


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Date posted: May 4, 2013 ; Last revised: August 25, 2015

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Kousser, Thad and Phillips, Justin and Shor, Boris, Reform and Representation: A New Method Applied to Recent Electoral Changes (August 19, 2015). Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2260083 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2260083

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Thad Kousser
University of California, San Diego (UCSD) - Department of Political Science ( email )
9500 Gilman Drive
Code 0521
La Jolla, CA 92093-0521
United States
Justin Phillips
Columbia University - Department of Political Science ( email )
7th Floor, International Affairs Bldg.
420 W. 118th Street
New York, NY 10027
United States
Boris Shor (Contact Author)
Georgetown University, Department of Government ( email )
Washington, DC 20057
United States
3122834599 (Phone)
HOME PAGE: http://research.bshor.com
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