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The Influence of Party Affiliations on Representation of Voter Preferences in Majoritarian vs. Proportional Systems

David Stadelmann, Marco Portmann and Reiner Eichenberger

Annual Conference 2016 (Augsburg): Demographic Change from Verein für Socialpolitik / German Economic Association

Abstract: Electoral systems determine the role party affiliations play in political representation. According to conventional expectations, politicians’ party affiliations should influence political representation when they are elected under a proportional system. In contrast, majoritarian systems force politicians to converge to the median position of their constituency, thus, muting the role of party affiliations to some extent. Using unique data, we test these predictions within a common party system by matching referenda decisions of constituents with voting behavior of their representatives, who are elected either by a majoritarian or proportional system.

JEL-codes: D72 D78 H70 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Date: 2016
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