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Political Representation in France and Germany

Attitudes and Activities of Citizens and MPs

Palgrave Macmillan
  • Provides the first comparative study on political representation in France and Germany

  • Mixes quantitative and qualitative methods to cover MPs' attitudes and activities as well as citizens' perpsectives

  • Makes an important contribution to the debate on the future of democratic government

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

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Table of contents (12 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xiv
  2. Introduction: Political Representation in France and Germany

    • Oscar W. Gabriel, Eric Kerrouche, Suzanne S. Schüttemeyer, Sven T. Siefken
    Pages 1-57
  3. Available, Accessible and Ready to Listen: MPs’ District Work

    • Sven T. Siefken, Olivier Costa
    Pages 87-115
  4. Where Is the Party? Party Work and Party Representation in the District

    • Elisa Deiss-Helbig, Danny Schindler, Laure Squarcioni
    Pages 117-139
  5. Can You Hear Me? Political Communication Between MPs and Citizens

    • Luisa Schittny, Tinette Schnatterer
    Pages 165-195
  6. Substance or Behavior as Links? Explaining Representational Judgments

    • Mirjam Dageförde, Eric Kerrouche, Corentin Poyet
    Pages 227-245
  7. Do Candidates’ Ethnic Background and Gender Matter? An Experimental Approach

    • 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.

Editors and Affiliations

  • University of Stuttgart Institute of Social Sciences, Stuttgart, Germany

    Oscar W. Gabriel

  • CNRS, Centre Emile Durkheim Sciences-Po Bordeaux, Bordeaux, France

    Eric Kerrouche

  • Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg, Halle (Saale), Germany

    Suzanne S. Schüttemeyer

About the editors

Oscar W. Gabriel is Emeritus Professor of Political Science at the University of Stuttgart, Institute for Social Science, Germany. His wide ranging work has particularly focused on political representation in France and Germany. His most recent books are Society and Democracy in Europe (with Silke I. Keil, 2013) and Political Participation in France and Germany (with Silke I. Keil and Eric Kerrouche, 2012).

Eric Kerrouche is CNRS Senior Researcher at Sciences-Po Bordeaux, University of Bordeaux, France. He has widely published on the French Fifth Republic, on Parliament and MPs. His major publications include Political Participation in France and Germany (with Oscar Gabriel and Silke I. Keil, 2012) and Qui sont les députés français? (with Olivier Costa, 2007).

Suzanne S. Schüttemeyer is Professor of Government and Policy Research and Dean of the Faculty of Philosophy at the Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg, Germany. She is also Editor-in-Chief of the Zeitschrift für Parlamentsfragen (ZParl). She has published extensively on parliamentary government, in particular on the German Bundestag, most recently on the status of MPs and their remuneration.

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Softcover Book USD 249.99
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Hardcover Book USD 249.99
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