Democratic Representation in Europe: Diversity, Change, and by Maurizio Cotta,Heinrich Best

By Maurizio Cotta,Heinrich Best

Democratic illustration in Europe: variety, switch and Convergence explores illustration as a center section of democracies within the smooth period. over the last one hundred fifty years parliamentary illustration has built right into a major hyperlink among polity and society, and parliamentary representatives have come to shape the nucleus of political elites. The twenty authors of the sixteen chapters stick to a comparative and empirical technique by means of exploiting the original longitudinal data-base of the EURELITE venture, which has accrued standardized proof concerning the constructions of parliamentary illustration in eleven eu nations and their improvement through the years; in lots of international locations over a hundred and sixty years. Following on from an previous e-book by way of a similar editors (Parliamentary Representatives in Europe 1848-2000.) which taken with developments in unmarried ecu nations, this e-book pursues a trans-national method through evaluating the mechanisms and modes of parliamentary recruitment and occupation formation among the most get together households and numerous different types of the inhabitants in ecu societies. Such cross-national analyses, which come with a longitudinal account of woman illustration all through sleek eu parliamentary historical past, haven't been tried sooner than. The ebook concludes with longitudinal in-depth analyses of cleavage illustration in ecu parliamentary historical past and of the impression of the institutional issue on political elites' transformations.

Democratic illustration in Europe contributes to a greater realizing of family members among social and political swap, and of the significance of institutional elements in shaping the political elites of ecu democracies. In so doing it may well support substantiate theoretical debates within the social and political sciences on matters comparable to old institutionalism and direction dependency.

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