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The Party's View of Dyadic Responsiveness: A Survey Experiment in Sweden

Journal article
Authors Elin Naurin
Patrik Öhberg
Published in Scandinavian Political Studies
Volume 41
Issue 2
Pages 121-143
ISSN 0080-6757
Publication year 2018
Published at Department of Political Science
Pages 121-143
Language en
Subject categories Political Science


When responding to citizens who make direct contact, politicians perform an act that matters not only to themselves and the contacting citizen, but also to colleagues within the party. This article studies whether some types of responsive behaviour are more accepted within the party than others. It also studies the circumstances that increase and decrease acceptability for party colleagues’ responsiveness. In a survey experiment, 1,660 Swedish politicians were asked to approve of different communicative and adaptive responses given by a fictive colleague. Results show that responses that aim at changing the party from within are well regarded, but that open and external responses, which are more visible to voters, are considerably less liked by the politician's colleagues. The implication is that norms surrounding dyadic responsiveness are strong within parties and that they are likely to influence when and how citizens get responses from individual politicians.

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