What do Constituents Want From Their Legislative Representative? Evidence From a Conjoint Analysis

Posted: 2 May 2013

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Markus Wagner

University of Vienna

Nick Vivyan

London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE) - Department of Government

Date Written: 2013

Abstract

While we know a lot about the behaviour of individual legislative representatives, we have a less developed understanding of what their constituents want them to do. This paper employs a novel survey experiment to examine what British citizens expect from their Member of Parliament. Using a conjoint analysis, we estimate citizens' preferences over various MP behaviours and attributes, including level of constituency orientation, level of independent-mindedness, party affiliation, gender and Parliamentary experience. Our findings not only inform debates about the role of the MP in modern British politics, but also enhance our understanding of the constituent-representative link in representative democracies more generally.

Suggested Citation

Wagner, Markus and Vivyan, Nick, What do Constituents Want From Their Legislative Representative? Evidence From a Conjoint Analysis (2013). EPSA 2013 Annual General Conference Paper 208, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2224717

Markus Wagner (Contact Author)

University of Vienna ( email )

Bruenner Strasse 72
Vienna, Vienna 1090
Austria

Nick Vivyan

London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE) - Department of Government ( email )

Northampton NN7 1NE
United Kingdom

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