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http://hdl.handle.net/10071/5383
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Title: Ideological congruence among European political parties
Authors: Belchior, Ana Maria
Keywords: Political parties
Congruence
Left-right
MP's
Voters
Issue Date: 2010
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Abstract: Do European political parties represent the ideology of their voters well? This research aims to provide an empirical appreciation of the levels to which Members of Parliament (MPs) ideologically represent their electorate within political parties in 12 European countries. The variable used is left–right self-placement and representation is measured through congruence. Three main hypotheses are tested. First, MPs express greater ideological extremism than voters. Second, MPs have biased perceptions on the positioning of their electorate. Third, New Left parties exhibit higher levels of representation than the other parties. This article's findings reveal that only the second hypothesis can be supported without restrictions
Peer reviewed: Sim
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10071/5383
ISSN: 1357-2334
Publisher version: The original version is available at Taylor & Francis http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13572330903542191
Appears in Collections:CIES-RI - Artigos em revista científica internacional com arbitragem científica

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