Differential Responsiveness in Europe: The Effects of Preference Difference and Electoral Participation

  title={Differential Responsiveness in Europe: The Effects of Preference Difference and Electoral Participation},
  author={Yvette Peters and Sander J. Ensink},
  journal={West European Politics},
  pages={577 - 600}
As a core principle of contemporary democracy, political representation has been the subject of numerous studies. In particular, responsiveness has been thoroughly examined and research suggests that policies tend to reflect citizens’ preferences. However, it has also been argued that, in some instances, responsiveness systematically reflects the preferences of the rich better than those of the poor, hence violating a second democratic principle, that of political equality. While much research… 
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