Department of Political Science

Constituent demand and District: Focused Legislative representation

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Legislative responsiveness to constituent demands is integral to the concept of representation. Yet, research on district-focused legislative behavior and priorities, such as allocating resources to districts, has largely ignored constituent demand as an explanatory variable. In this article, we propose a demand-based theory of district-targeted legislative resource allocation. The theoretical model suggests that district demand for legislative resources is determined by the district’s relative deprivation of such resources and that legislators have an electoral incentive to respond to district demand due to the credit-claiming opportunities associated with doing so. These possibilities are tested with region-wide mass and elite survey data from Latin America, and the results suggest that constituent demand is not only a normatively but also an empirically important predictor of district-focused legislative behavior.

Original languageEnglish
JournalLegislative Studies Quarterly
Volume44
Issue1
Pages (from-to)35-64
Number of pages30
ISSN0362-9805
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2019

    Research areas

  • COMPETITION, ELECTORAL SYSTEMS, INCENTIVES, PERCEPTIONS, PORK-BARREL POLITICS, PROPORTIONAL REPRESENTATION, PUBLIC-OPINION, RULES, VOTE

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