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Title: Explaining Left-Right Party Congruence across European Party Systems: A Test of Micro-, Meso- and Macro-Level Models.
Authors: Belchior, Ana Maria
Keywords: Political parties
Left-right
MP candidates
Europe
Voters
Congruence
Issue Date: Mar-2013
Publisher: SAGE
Abstract: Empirical studies on representation have been based mainly on the descriptive analysis of levels of political or ideological congruence between MPs and voters. Very few studies focus on explaining congruence, and those that have done so do not explore all the explanatory dimensions. This article contributes to filling this gap by testing whether three theoretical models can explain left–right congruence among European parties. These models explore causality at the micro or individual level (the characteristics of voters and MPs), the meso level (party characteristics), and the macro or system level (party system and institutional characteristics). Based on data from the PIREDEU project, the study examines the party systems of the 27 countries of the European Union with reference to the 2009 European Parliament elections. The findings reveal that MP–voter congruence is best explained at the party level and by key MP candidate characteristics.
Description: WOS:000314477100003 (Nº de Acesso Web of Science)
Peer reviewed: Sim
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10071/5406
ISSN: 0010-4140
Publisher version: The definitive version is available at SAGE: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0010414012453695
Appears in Collections:CIES-RI - Artigos em revista científica internacional com arbitragem científica

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