Putting Party First? Constituency Service in Denmark

Asbjørn Skjæveland, Flemming Juul Christiansen

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Resumé

The electoral system chosen by Danish parties and politicians appears to create strong incentives for parliamentarians to undertake activities that can be labelled constituency service. In offering parties the option of running open lists—which most do—the MPs are encouraged to cultivate a personal vote to get elected. High party unity, moreover, might also be thought to be conducive towards a strong constituency focus, in that MPs will feel less party-constrained on their ‘home patch’. This article explores whether this is the case, using both survey data and interviews with MPs. Danish legislators do not neglect their constituency, promoting and protecting its interests in a variety of ways. Yet, in light of the voting system incentives, it is surprising perhaps that they do not do more in the way of constituency service. There is some care but little surgery. It seems ‘party service’ and the attendant career gains take precedence over constituency service although the equation varies from one MP to the next.
OriginalsprogEngelsk
TidsskriftRepresentation
Vol/bind54
Udgave nummer1
Sider (fra-til)23-35
Antal sider13
ISSN0034-4893
DOI
StatusUdgivet - 2018

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Skjæveland, Asbjørn ; Christiansen, Flemming Juul. / Putting Party First? Constituency Service in Denmark. I: Representation. 2018 ; Bind 54, Nr. 1. s. 23-35.
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Putting Party First? Constituency Service in Denmark. / Skjæveland, Asbjørn; Christiansen, Flemming Juul.

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Publikation: Bidrag til tidsskriftTidsskriftartikelForskningpeer review

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