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 Nordic Party Members: Linkages in Troubled Times, Edited by Marie Demker, Knut Heidar, and Karina Kosiara-Pedersen

Issue Congruence and Policy Responsiveness in European Governance

Workshop Number
Workshop Director
Christine Arnold
Maastricht Universiteit
Workshop Co-Director
Mark Franklin
European University Institute

This workshop will study the quality of democracy in Europe, focusing on issue congruence and political responsiveness across countries, levels of governance, policy areas and time, both at the national and the European levels. Two questions have come to the fore in recent studies regarding political representation. One relates to issue congruence – how close a match there is between the wishes of voters and the policies enacted by governments? The other question relates to political responsiveness – the extent to which changes in political demands lead to changes in policy outputs, which has hardly been addressed at the European level. Here, existing research has mainly concerned itself with national government policy-making and representation, especially in Anglo-American democracies. There is much need for additional studies that focus on continental European countries and the European Union itself. Moreover there has been virtually no discussion of the interplay between representation at the European and national levels within the EU. What is needed is a systematic examination of how issue congruence is linked to political responsiveness across countries, levels of governance, policy areas and time. By bringing together scholars from diverse research communities, this workshop would provide a unique opportunity for a critical discussion of these themes in terms of theoretical approaches, data availability, and methodological techniques.

Paper List

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"Interest Groups and Legislative Activity in the European Union" View Paper Details
An improved method of scaling: taking individual heterogeneity into account View Paper Details
Democracy at the Mercy of Parties: Does Party Instability Weaken VoterParty Linkages in European Elections? View Paper Details
Democratic Performance and Legitimacy of Party Governance in Europe View Paper Details
Drifting further apart? National Parties and their Electorates on the EU Dimension View Paper Details
Dynamic Representation: Does the Electoral Cycle Matter? A study of 15 European Democracies View Paper Details
Executive Policy Agenda Convergence in the EU View Paper Details
Government for the People? The Conditions for Government Responsiveness View Paper Details
Issue-Congruence and Political Responsiveness in the German Dual Voting System View Paper Details
Legislative Preparation and Responsiveness in the European Union View Paper Details
Measuring the Median: Measurement Assumptions and the Study of Ideological Congruence View Paper Details
Mechanisms of issue congruence: the democratic party mandate View Paper Details
Party supporters or the whole electorate? A model and an empirical analysis of party-voter congruence in issue saliency in the 2009 EP Elections View Paper Details
Political Institutions and the Opinion Policy-Link View Paper Details
Political Representation in the European Parliament: How Well Does It Work? View Paper Details
Seeking Policy Representation across Issue Dimensions View Paper Details
Structures of Opinion: Elite and Public Opinion on Foreign Policy in the face of a Democratic Deficit View Paper Details
The Impact of Public Opinion on European Union Legislative Decision-Making View Paper Details
The Influence of Mass Party Organizations on Party-Voter Agreement in Europe View Paper Details
Ticket-­splitting’ in EU, Split-Level Democracy: Seeking Policy Representation View Paper Details
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