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The Distant Politician?

  • Xavier Coller
  • Antonio M. Jaime-Castillo
  • Fabiola Mota
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Abstract

This chapter summarizes the main findings of the book. Four gaps between citizens and representatives are identified throughout the book. Firstly, the social extraction of MPs over-represents groups of high socio-economic status, which is in line with previous comparative research. Secondly, MPs tend to appear more leftist than their voters for every party. Thirdly, MPs are also more nationalist than voters. Finally, MPs and citizens have different views about representation. While MPs tend to believe that they represent society as a whole, citizens believe that MPs represent their parties. The chapter also provides information about how MPs perceive political disaffection, the path they follow to get into parliament, the functioning of parliaments and the attitudes of MPs toward multilevel government.

Keywords

Gaps between MPs and citizens Political disaffection Parliamentary activity Multilevel government 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Xavier Coller
    • 1
  • Antonio M. Jaime-Castillo
    • 2
  • Fabiola Mota
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of SociologyPablo de Olavide UniversitySevillaSpain
  2. 2.Faculty of Economics and BusinessUniversidad de MálagaMálagaSpain
  3. 3.Department of Political Science and IRUniversidad Autónoma de MadridMadridSpain

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