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The law of large districts : How district magnitude affects the quality of political representation

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Stadelmann, David ; Portmann, Marco ; Eichenberger, Reiner:
The law of large districts : How district magnitude affects the quality of political representation.
In: European Journal of Political Economy. Vol. 35 (2014) . - pp. 128-140.
ISSN 0176-2680
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ejpoleco.2014.05.002

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It is well established that individual parliamentary representatives are less likely to decide according to the preferences of their constituency when the number of representatives per district, i.e. district magnitude, increases. However, we propose that for majority decisions of district representatives the opposite holds due to the existence of a law of large numbers in political representation. The academic literature has so far focused on the behavior of individual politicians but disregarded systematic aggregation effects. We provide a theoretical discussion and offer empirical evidence for the validity of a law of large numbers in political representation: As district magnitude increases, the quality of political representation by the majority of representatives increases, too.

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Item Type: Article in a journal
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Law of large districts; Representation; Electoral accountability; Preferences; District Magnitude
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 > 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: Yes
DDC Subjects: 300 Social sciences > 320 Political science
300 Social sciences > 330 Economics
Date Deposited: 01 Dec 2014 09:50
Last Modified: 26 Apr 2018 11:57
URI: https://eref.uni-bayreuth.de/id/eprint/3310