Political Representation in France and Germany

Attitudes and Activities of Citizens and MPs

  • Oscar W. Gabriel
  • Eric Kerrouche
  • Suzanne S. Schüttemeyer

Part of the New Perspectives in German Political Studies book series (NPG)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Oscar W. Gabriel, Eric Kerrouche, Suzanne S. Schüttemeyer, Sven T. Siefken
    Pages 1-57
  3. Sven T. Siefken, Olivier Costa
    Pages 87-115
  4. Elisa Deiss-Helbig, Danny Schindler, Laure Squarcioni
    Pages 117-139
  5. Luisa Schittny, Tinette Schnatterer
    Pages 165-195
  6. Mirjam Dageförde, Eric Kerrouche, Corentin Poyet
    Pages 227-245
  7. Sylvain Brouard, Elisa Deiss-Helbig, Mirjam Dageförde
    Pages 309-339
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 347-350

About this book


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 activities. Second, it investigates the perceptions and evaluations of the represented, the French and German citizens. In ten chapters different facets of MPs’ activities as well as citizens’ attitudes are comparatively investigated. The book is relevant for Politics scholars and practitioners at national parliaments to better understand representative democracies, and it may also contribute to improve representation itself.


Political Representation in France Political Representation in Germany MPs' attitudes in France MPs' attitudes in Germany German and French comparative politics democratic politics French public opinion of MPs German public opinion of MPs representative democracy democratic theory political representation and communication local and regional political relationships political trust in France political trust in Germany activities of French MPs activities of German MPs

Editors and affiliations

  • Oscar W. Gabriel
    • 1
  • Eric Kerrouche
    • 2
  • Suzanne S. Schüttemeyer
    • 3
  1. 1.University of Stuttgart Institute of Social SciencesStuttgartGermany
  2. 2.CNRS, Centre Emile Durkheim Sciences-Po BordeauxBordeauxFrance
  3. 3.Martin-Luther-University Halle-WittenbergHalle (Saale)Germany

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