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District magnitude and representation of the majority's preferences : Evidence from popular and parliamentary votes

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Portmann, Marco ; Stadelmann, David ; Eichenberger, Reiner:
District magnitude and representation of the majority's preferences : Evidence from popular and parliamentary votes.
In: Public Choice. Vol. 151 (2012) Issue 3-4 . - pp. 585-610.
ISSN 0048-5829
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/s11127-010-9760-0

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Representatives have more effective incentives to cater to the preferences of the majority of citizens when they are elected in districts with few rather than many seats. We investigate this hypothesis empirically by matching Swiss members of parliament\x92s voting behavior on legislative proposals with real referendum outcomes on the same issues for the years 1996 to 2008. We thus identify the impact of district magnitude on representatives\x92 incentives to adhere to citizens\x92 revealed preferences. We find systematic, statistically significant and economically relevant evidence that individual representatives from districts with few seats vote more often in line with majority preferences.

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Item Type: Article in a journal
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Voter preferences; Political economy; Electoral systems
Institutions of the University: Faculties > Faculty of Law, Business and Economics > Department of Economics > Professorship Development Economics > Professorship Development Economics - Univ.-Prof. Dr. David Stadelmann
Profile Fields > Emerging Fields > Innovation and Consumer Protection
Profile Fields > Emerging Fields > Governance and Responsibility
Faculties
Faculties > Faculty of Law, Business and Economics
Faculties > Faculty of Law, Business and Economics > Department of Economics
Faculties > Faculty of Law, Business and Economics > Department of Economics > Professorship Development Economics
Profile Fields
Profile Fields > Emerging Fields
Result of work at the UBT: No
DDC Subjects: 300 Social sciences > 320 Political science
300 Social sciences > 330 Economics
Date Deposited: 01 Dec 2014 08:20
Last Modified: 26 Apr 2018 09:05
URI: https://eref.uni-bayreuth.de/id/eprint/3299