I the People? Self-interest and demand for government responsiveness

Rosset, Jan ; Giger, Nathalie ; Bernauer, Julian

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1177/0010414015621078
URL: https://archive-ouverte.unige.ch/unige:91868
Additional URL: http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/001041...
Document Type: Article
Year of publication: 2017
The title of a journal, publication series: Comparative Political Studies : CPS
Volume: 50
Issue number: 6
Page range: 794-821
Place of publication: Thousand Oaks, CA
Publishing house: Sage
ISSN: 0010-4140 , 1552-3829
Publication language: English
Institution: Außerfakultäre Einrichtungen > Mannheim Centre for European Social Research - Research Department B
Subject: 320 Political science
Abstract: Whether elected representatives should be responsive to the wishes of the majority of citizens has been an issue often discussed from a normative perspective. This article shifts the focus by looking at the determinants of support for responsiveness among citizens. Its core argument is that attitudes towards responsiveness vary systematically depending on the policy gains an individual can expect from a government that is responsive to the preferences of the majority of citizens. The analysis of data from the European Social Survey and twenty-one countries confirms these expectations. Individuals whose ideological stances are well reflected by the incumbent government are less favourable to the idea that governments should be responsive to the preferences of the majority, while one’s proximity to the ideological location of the median citizen increases the odds of support for responsiveness. Self-interested attitudes are found across a variety of European democracies.

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