Party Representation in Multi-layered European Democracies

Research question/goal: 

This project seeks to expand our understanding of policy representation in several ways: First, it integrates the different layers of policy making from the regional to the European level and thus aims to show a more precise and accurate picture of policy representation in Europe. Second, it expands the scope of research on policy congruence beyond the left-right dimension to account for regional, party specific and personal differences in the salience of policy areas. Last, it connects the study of political representation more closely to electoral behavior literature which allows deriving theoretical expectations about the level of policy congruence at various levels of policy making and across a large variety of issues. Empirically, it draws on several recently released datasets which offer data on citizens and party positions on several dimensions (e.g. ESS; EES, national and regional election studies).

Current stage: 

An application for external funding has been submitted to the German Research Foundation (DFG). The decision is pending. Due to the parental leave of the project director, the project is currently at rest.

Fact sheet

2012 to 2015
in preparation
Data Sources: 
Combination of individual data (comparative mass surveys), indicators of the political system and party characteristics
Geographic Space: 



Lefkofridi, Zoe, Nathalie Giger and Kathrin Kissau (Eds.) (2012): Inequality and Representation in Europe. London: Taylor & Francis. [Special Issue Journal of Representation; 48 (1)] more