Beyond collective representation: individual members of parliament and interest representation in the Netherlands

Jacques Thomassen, Rudy B. Andeweg

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Abstract

In political representation research it is now generally recognised that in parliamentary systems political parties rather than individual members of parliament are the key actors in the process of political representation. However, this focus on political parties might have led to an underestimation of the role of individual members of parliament in this process, even in purely parliamentary systems. It tends to neglect the efforts of representatives to secure particular benefits for individuals or groups in their constituencies. In this paper we will address the question to what extent these forms of representation are part of the repertoire of activities of members of the Dutch parliament as compared to other European parliaments.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)47-69
Number of pages23
JournalJournal of legislative studies
Volume10
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2004

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