Who Represents Me? Race, Gender, Partisan Congruence, and Representational Alternatives in a Polarized America

  title={Who Represents Me? Race, Gender, Partisan Congruence, and Representational Alternatives in a Polarized America},
  author={Ashley E. English and Kathryn L Pearson and Dara Z. Strolovitch},
  journal={Political Research Quarterly},
  pages={785 - 804}
The belief among citizens that their views are represented is essential to the legitimacy of American democracy, but few studies have explicitly examined which political actors Americans feel best represent them. Using data from the 2006 Cooperative Congressional Election Study, we ask new questions about whether respondents who share a partisan, racial, or gender identification with their members of Congress (MCs) feel those members best represent them. Although the framers designed the House… 

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