Policy Representation in Western Democracies offers a comparative analysis of policy representation in five Western Democracies: France, Germany, the Netherlands, Sweden, and the US. A leading group of authors examines the impact of belief systems and geographical and institutional characteristics on the match between the policy preferences of the electorate and those of their representatives. The book offers a variety of perspectives on the
conceptualization, measurement, and interpretation of congruence between mass and elite opinion. The book also evaluates the consequences of different electoral systems for policy representation.
`This book does a fine job of educating the reader on the complexity and difficulty in determining what policy representation entails. Furthermore, the authors make a significant contribution to the comparative study of the subject. Those who are intrigued and challenged by the concept of representation will find this book to be an interesting piece of the policy representation puzzle.'
American Political Science Review, 2001
1: Warren Miller: Introduction: Elite-Mass Linkage in Representative Democracy
2: Roy Pierce: Mass-Elite Issue Linkages and the Responsible Party Model of Representation
3: Jacques Thomassen: Political Communication between Political Elites and Mass Publics: The Role of Belief Systems
4: Richard Herrera: The Language of Politics: A Study of Elite and Mass Understandings of Ideological Terminology in the United States and the Netherlands
5: Sören Holmberg: Collective Policy Congruence Compared
6: Peter Esaisson: Not all Politics is Local: The Geographical Dimension of Policy Representation
7: Bernhard Wessels: System Characteristics Matter: Empirical Evidence from Ten Representation Studies
Roy Pierce.: Conclusion: Mixed Signals