Publications

Below you can find a list of the most important publications by members of our research team. A full list of publications of each member features on their individual member profiles.

Electoral Politics

  • ANDRé, Audrey, DEPAUW, Sam & DESCHOUWER, Kris (2016) 'State structure and political representation: comparing the views of state-wide and sub-state legislators across 14 countries,' European Journal of Political Research, 55(4), 866-884.
    category: Peer-reviewed article
    How the recent creation, re-invention or reinforcement of regional levels of political decision making across Europe compounds political representation is one of the key issues of contemporary democratic government. Despite growing scholarly interest, the critical question as to whether the regional institutional setting has brought about distinct representational roles among sub-state legislators has yet to be addressed. To advance research in this eld, this study bridges the literature on multilevel politics and legislative studies that to date have developed in isolation. Using innovative survey data from 14 statewide and 56 regional legislatures across Europe, it provides the rst comprehensive test of how the state structure affects a legislator’s views on representation.The results highlight that,relative to l egislators in unitary states and national legislators in multilevel states, legislators at the regional level are more constituency-oriented. Moreover, this heightened responsiveness to constituents at the regional level is not offset by weaker collective representation operating through political parties. Beyond these ndings’ immediate relevance to scholars of federalism/regionalisation and parliaments, they also speak to the wider normative debate about the quality of political representation and public policy.
  • BEYENS, Stefanie, P. Lucardie & DESCHOUWER, Kris (2015) 'The life and death of new political parties in the Low Countries,' West European Politics, 39(2), 257-277.
    category: Peer-reviewed article
    Numerous new parties have emerged since voters became less loyal to established political parties. A number of these survived and have been analysed intensely, especially green and radical right parties; many other new parties disappeared and have been neglected by party research. This article analyses the fate of all 30 political parties that entered parliament in the Netherlands or Belgium between 1950 and 2003. Qualitative comparative analysis is used to identify characteristics of both surviving and disappeared new parties. Conditions related to party origin (roots in civil society, organisational newness, initial programmatic profile) are scrutinised, as are conditions pertaining to the party’s developmental process (party organisational strength and the occurrence of defections or party splits). Surviving parties are characterised by strong, rooted organisations that have not suffered defections. Most disappeared parties lacked a strong organisation and roots and have experienced shocks that they could not absorb. Organisational newness makes new parties vulnerable.
  • ERZEEL, Silvia & CALUWAERTS, Didier (2015) Is it Gender, Ideology or Resources? Individual-Level Determinants of Preferential Voting for Male or Female Candidates, accepted for publication in Journal of Elections, Public Opinion & Parties
    category: Peer-reviewed article
    No Abstract.
  • ANDRé, Audrey, A. Freire & Z. Papp (2014) 'Electoral rules and legislators' personal vote-seeking,' In: K. Deschouwer & S. Depauw (Eds). Representing the People: a Survey among Members of Statewide and Substate Parliaments. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 87-109.
    category: Book Chapter
    not available
  • DESCHOUWER, Kris & DEPAUW, Sam (2014) Representing the people. A survey among members of statewide and substate parliaments, Oxford University Press
    category: Other Article (without peer-review system)
    No Abstract.
  • ANDRé, Audrey & DEPAUW, Sam (2014) 'District magnitude and the personal vote,' Electoral Studies, 35(1), 102-114.
    category: Peer-reviewed article
    In spite of widespread interest in the effects of electoral institutions, research has largely missed, or misspecified, the ‘theoretical link’ tying legislators' behaviour to the rules' formal properties. District magnitude, in particular, can operate through the number of candidates running under the same party label and the number of votes required to win (re)election. Using data from the PARTIREP cross-national legislator survey in 15 European democracies, the article demonstrates that district magnitude is a proxy of different processes in closed-list and open-list systems. The findings contribute to a better understanding of how the mechanical effects of electoral institutions translate into incentives on the part of legislators to cultivate a personal reputation.
  • ANDRé, Audrey, DEPAUW, Sam & BEYENS, Stefanie (2013) Party Loyalty and Electoral Dealignment, Party Politics, DOI: 10.1177/1354068813509521
    category: Peer-reviewed article
    No Abstract.
  • REUCHAMPS, Min, KAVADIAS, Dimokritos & DESCHOUWER, Kris (2013) Drawing Belgium: Using mental maps to measure territorial conflict, Territory, Politics, Governance, 1(2)
    category: Peer-reviewed article
    no abstract
  • ANDRé, Audrey, DEPAUW, Sam & DESCHOUWER, Kris (2012) Legislators’ Local Roots: Disentangling the Effect of District Magnitude, Party Politics, DOI:10.1177/ 1354068812458617
    category: Peer-reviewed article
    No Abstract.