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Political Representation: Linking Citizens and Representatives

The policy link between voters and politicians has been a central issue in politics for quite some time. My work focuses on the quality of this policy link: are representatives doing what people want?


Fivaz, Jan, Tom Louwerse & Daniel Schwarz (2014) Keeping promises: VAAs and political representation. In: D. Garzia & S. Marschall (Eds.) Matching Voters with Parties and Candidates, pp. 197-216

Louwerse, Tom (2014) Verkiezingsbeloften: een verouderd ritueel? [Election promises: an obsolete ritual?], In: Sarah L. de Lange, Monique Leyenaar and Pieter de Jong (eds). Politieke partijen: nodig of overbodig?, pp. 99-110, Den Haag: Raad voor het Openbaar Bestuur.

Louwerse, Tom (2012) Mechanisms of Issue Congruence: The Democratic Party Mandate, West European Politics, 35(6), 1249-1271

Louwerse, Tom (2012) Het democratisch mandaat van Nederlandse politieke partijen: crisis of continuïteit? [The Democratic Mandate of Dutch Political Parties: Crisis or Continuity?], Res Publica, 54(4), 413-441

Louwerse, Tom (2011) The Spatial Approach to the Party Mandate, Parliamentary Affairs 64(3), 425-447