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Political representation in France and Germany : attitudes and activities of citizens and MPs

Author: Oscar W Gabriel; Eric Kerrouche; Suzanne S Schüttemeyer
Publisher: Cham : Palgrave Macmillan, 2018.
Series: New perspectives in German political studies.
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Notwithstanding its contemporary critics, political representation remains at the core of democratic politics. Based on a comparative research project that gathered data from observations, surveys, experiments and expert interviews, this book examines the process and the quality of political representation in France and Germany from a dual perspective. First, it analyzes MPs' behavior during their district  Read more...
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Political representation in France and Germany.
Cham, Switzerland : Palgrave Macmillan, [2018]
(DLC) 2018939070
(OCoLC)1009065282
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Oscar W Gabriel; Eric Kerrouche; Suzanne S Schüttemeyer
ISBN: 9783319720296 3319720295
OCLC Number: 1042561234
Description: 1 online resource
Contents: Political representation in France and Germany / Oscar W. Gabriel, Eric Kerrouche, Suzanne S. Schüttemeyer, and Sven T. Siefken --
Parliament centered or constituency centered? : the professionalization of the parliamentary mandate / Eric Kerrouche and Suzanne S. Schüttemeyer --
Available, accessible and ready to listen : MPs' district work / Sven T. Siefken and Olivier Costa --
Where is the party? : party work and party representation in the district / Elisa Deiss-Helbig, Danny Schindler, and Laure Squarcioni --
Show or substance? : the exchange between district and parliamentary activities / Corentin Poyet and Sven T. Siefken --
Can you hear me? : political communication between MPs and citizens / Luisa Schittny and Tinette Schnatterer --
"Oh, that is a big word." MPs' and citizens' perspectives on parliamentary representation / Mirjam Dageförde and Danny Schindler --
Substance or behavior as links? : explaining representational judgments / Mirjam Dageförde, Eric Kerrouche, and Corentin Poyet --
Participation and representation : background and beliefs of activists and the inactive / Oscar W. Gabriel --
Can we trust our representatives? : attitudes towards representation and political trust / Oscar W. Gabriel and Lena Masch --
Do candidates' ethnic background and gender matter? : an experimental approach / Sylvain Brouard, Elisa Deiss-Helbig, and Mirjam Dageförde --
Some conclusions on the relationship between citizens and their representatives in France and Germany / Gerhard Loewenberg. Intro; Contents; Notes on Contributors; List of Abbreviations; List of Figures; List of Tables; Chapter 1: Introduction: Political Representation inFrance andGermany; A Crisis ofRepresentative Democracy?; Two Perspectives onRepresentation: TheViews andthePractice oftheRepresentatives andtheAttitudes oftheRepresented; Methods; Analysis ofDeputies' Practice ofRepresentation atthe District Level; Analysis ofMass Attitudes Towards Representation; Deputies' Practice ofRepresentation atthe District Level; State ofResearch. Deputies' Practice ofRepresentation atthe District Level inFrance andGermany: Sketching theFindingsCitizens' Attitudes TowardsRepresentation andRepresentatives; State ofResearch; Citizens' Attitudes TowardsRepresentation andRepresentatives inFrance andGermany: Mapping theTerritory; What Explains thePractice ofRepresentation-and Does thePractice ofRepresentation Make aDifference?; References; Chapter 2: Parliament Centered or Constituency Centered? TheProfessionalization oftheParliamentary Mandate; Remuneration andEquipment ofMandate. The Educational andProfessional Background oftheMembers oftheGerman Bundestag andtheFrench Assemblée NationaleSelf-perception asProfessional Politician andDuration oftheMandate; Career Patterns andtheImportance oftheDistrict; Workload andOrganization; Risk ofProfessionalization inGermany, Revolution inFrance; References; Chapter 3: Available, Accessible andReady toListen: MPs' District Work; Four Reasons fortheRelevance ofDistricts; The Electoral Base; The Place forNomination; A Source ofInformation; An Arena forCommunication; Findings About MPs inTheir District. The Definition oftheDistrictFocus oftheDistrict Work; The Curious Case ofCasework; Activities intheDistrict; Duration andContent ofDistrict Events; Work intheDistrict andWork inParliament; Media Use intheDistrict; Comparing France andGermany: Expectations Met, Differences Found; References; Chapter 4: Where Is theParty? Party Work andParty Representation intheDistrict; The Role ofParty forDistrict Work; Parties andDistrict Work: ATheoretical Perspective; Electoral System; Candidate Selection Procedures; Cumul des mandats; Party Work intheDistrict. France andGermany inComparisonA Closer Look at Party Events inGermany; Exploring Functions ofLocal Party Work; Representation ofParty intheDistrict; Communication asRepresentative ofParty; Distancing fromParty; Conclusion: Two Different Kinds ofRootedness?; References; Chapter 5: Show or Substance? TheExchange Between District andParliamentary Activities; Gathering Input forLegislation; Ringing Alarms forExercising Control; Receiving andSending Communication; A Limited Role intheElective Function; Conclusion: District Work Influencing Most Parliamentary Functions; References.
Series Title: New perspectives in German political studies.
Responsibility: Oscar W. Gabriel, Eric Kerrouche, Suzanne S. Schüttemeyer, editors.

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