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New Perspectives in German Political Studies

Political Representation in France and Germany

Attitudes and Activities of Citizens and MPs

Editors: Gabriel, Oscar, Kerrouche, Eric, Schüttemeyer, Suzanne S. (Eds.)

  • Provides the first comparative study on political representation in France and Germany
  • Mixes quantitative and qualitative methods to cover MPs' attitudes and activities as well as citizens' perpsectives
  • Makes an important contribution to the debate on the future of democratic government
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About this book

Notwithstanding its contemporary critics, political representation remains at the core of democratic politics. Based on a comparative research project that gathered data from observations, surveys, experiments and expert interviews, this book examines the process and the quality of political representation in France and Germany from a dual perspective. First, it analyzes MPs’ behavior during their district activities. Second, it investigates the perceptions and evaluations of the represented, the French and German citizens. In ten chapters different facets of MPs’ activities as well as citizens’ attitudes are comparatively investigated. The book is relevant for Politics scholars and practitioners at national parliaments to better understand representative democracies, and it may also contribute to improve representation itself.

About the authors

Oscar W. Gabriel is Emeritus Professor of Political Science at the University of Stuttgart, Institute for Social Science, Germany. His wide ranging work has particularly focused on political representation in France and Germany. His most recent books are Society and Democracy in Europe (with Silke I. Keil, 2013) and Political Participation in France and Germany (with Silke I. Keil and Eric Kerrouche, 2012).

Eric Kerrouche is CNRS Senior Researcher at Sciences-Po Bordeaux, University of Bordeaux, France. He has widely published on the French Fifth Republic, on Parliament and MPs. His major publications include Political Participation in France and Germany (with Oscar Gabriel and Silke I. Keil, 2012) and Qui sont les députés français? (with Olivier Costa, 2007).

Suzanne S. Schüttemeyer is Professor of Government and Policy Research and Dean of the Faculty of Philosophy at the Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg, Germany. She is also Editor-in-Chief of the Zeitschrift für Parlamentsfragen (ZParl). She has published extensively on parliamentary government, in particular on the German Bundestag, most recently on the status of MPs and their remuneration.

Table of contents (12 chapters)

  • Introduction: Political Representation in France and Germany

    Gabriel, Oscar W. (et al.)

    Pages 1-57

  • Parliament Centered or Constituency Centered? The Professionalization of the Parliamentary Mandate

    Kerrouche, Eric (et al.)

    Pages 59-85

  • Available, Accessible and Ready to Listen: MPs’ District Work

    Siefken, Sven T. (et al.)

    Pages 87-115

  • Where Is the Party? Party Work and Party Representation in the District

    Deiss-Helbig, Elisa (et al.)

    Pages 117-139

  • Show or Substance? The Exchange Between District and Parliamentary Activities

    Poyet, Corentin (et al.)

    Pages 141-164

Buy this book

eBook $139.00
price for Mexico (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-72029-6
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $179.00
price for Mexico
  • ISBN 978-3-319-72028-9
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Political Representation in France and Germany
Book Subtitle
Attitudes and Activities of Citizens and MPs
Editors
  • Oscar Gabriel
  • Eric Kerrouche
  • Suzanne S. Schüttemeyer
Series Title
New Perspectives in German Political Studies
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-72029-6
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-72029-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-72028-9
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIV, 350
Number of Illustrations
31 b/w illustrations
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