Exploring the Effects of Congruence: Party-Voter-Agreement and Citizens' Evaluation of Representation

Posted: 2 Sep 2013 Last revised: 15 Sep 2013

Date Written: 2013

Abstract

Congruence between citizens and political actors is one of the most frequent discussed topics in research on representation nowadays. The concept is one of the main indicators for evaluating representation. The implicit assumption is: the higher the congruence, the better the quality of representation. This article attempts to test the (normative) assumption empirically and relates congruence to the citizens’ judgments about representation. In doing so, subjective congruence between citizens and political parties is analyzed by measuring the many-to-many-relationship. The data is driven from EES (2009), CSES (2005-2009). The results prove that congruence as well as perceived parliamentary responsiveness differ among the European citizenry. Despite, the findings indicate that congruence as a many-to-many relation does not correlate strongly to citizens’ (positive) evaluation of parliamentary representation.

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Dageförde, Mirjam, Exploring the Effects of Congruence: Party-Voter-Agreement and Citizens' Evaluation of Representation (2013). APSA 2013 Annual Meeting Paper, American Political Science Association 2013 Annual Meeting, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2300890

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