Image: Catherine Bebbington. CC-BY-ND 2.0 UK Parliament.

The Nature of Political Representation in Times of Dealignment

Image: Catherine Bebbington. CC-BY-ND 2.0 UK Parliament.

The Nature of Political Representation in Times of Dealignment

This project is collaborative work with Prof Thomas Zittel (Goethe Universit├Ąt Frankfurt am Main) and Prof Rosie Campbell (King’s College London). It is financially supported by DFG, ESRC, and NWO under the Open Research Area (ORA). The project will start in Spring 2019.

Weakening partisanship in West European electorates results in increasing disconnection between citizens and the state; raising pressing questions regarding future mechanisms of political representation that could sustain responsive government. To explore this serious challenge to democratic governance, this project investigates the viability, and conditions of, dyadic forms of representation in established European democracies. We particularly aim to study whether individual MPs pay attention to citizen-initiated inquiries in low information environments, what types of cues most often gain their attention, and how electoral contexts condition the interactions of citizens and MPs.