Constituent Perceptions of Political Representation

Robin M. Lauermann

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This book examines the nature of representation in democracy, focusing on constituent evaluations of Congress members and the implications these results have on citizens' influence on government. This analysis elaborates on the complex relationship citizens have with their representatives, shedding light on the constituent perspective in two ways. First, the model unpacks the rarely-examined evaluation process, a lynchpin in the representational relationships between member behavior and elections. Second, it engages a broader perspective of representative responsiveness which includes the intangible aspect of symbolic responsiveness, an under-studied component of research within comprehensive assessments of representation. Constituent Perceptions of Political Representation shows that symbolic responsiveness is often the most influential factor affecting constituent evaluations while also posing significant questions about the basis of our democracy: if we are dissatisfied with the caliber of our government, do we acknowledge our role as citizens in setting poor or vague standards? Why are we dismayed when representatives give us what we ask for? Robin M. Lauermann addresses these questions in a comprehensive and readable work that will appeal to students and scholars interested in the unique, ever-important relationship between public opinion and Congressional outcomes.


Språk Engelsk Engelsk Innbinding Innbundet
Utgitt 2013 Forfatter Robin M. Lauermann
ISBN 9781137402028
Antall sider 156 Dimensjoner 14cm x 21,6cm x 1,2cm
Vekt 349 gram Leverandør Bertram Trading Ltd
Emner og form Political science & theory, Political structures: democracy