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Advances in the Study of Democratic Responsiveness: An Introduction

Journal article
Authors Peter Esaiasson
Christopher Wlezien
Published in Comparative Political Studies
Volume 50
Issue 6
Pages 699-710
ISSN 0010-4140
Publication year 2017
Published at Department of Political Science
Pages 699-710
Language en
Links dx.doi.org/10.1177/0010414016633226
Keywords legitimacy; responsiveness; perceived responsivness; accountability; representation
Subject categories Political Science

Abstract

Responsiveness is a central quality of representative democracy. During the past decades, a number of innovative studies on policy responsiveness have advanced our knowledge about actual responsiveness processes. However, research on the consequences that follow from responsiveness has lagged behind, and forms the subject of this special issue. Our introduction identifies a range of conceptual issues that arise as we focus attention on citizens’ reactions to the ways in which politicians relate to public sentiments between elections.

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