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The poor political representation of the poor in a comparative perspective

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Bernauer, Julian
Published in Representation. 2012, vol. 48, no. 1, p. 47-61
Abstract Due to diverging levels of political influence of various income groups, political institutions likely reflect the policy preferences of certain groups of citizens better than others, independently of their numerical weight. This runs counter the egalitarian principle of ‘one citizen, one vote'. The present article documents a general trend of underrepresentation of the preferences of relatively poor citizens both by parties and by governments across Western democracies, although important cross-national differences exist.
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GIGER, Nathalie, ROSSET, Jan, BERNAUER, Julian. The poor political representation of the poor in a comparative perspective. In: Representation, 2012, vol. 48, n° 1, p. 47-61. doi: 10.1080/00344893.2012.653238 https://archive-ouverte.unige.ch/unige:100352

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