Parliamentarians’ support for direct and deliberative democracy in Europe: an account of individual-level determinants

Gherghina, S. , Close, C. and Carman, C. (2022) Parliamentarians’ support for direct and deliberative democracy in Europe: an account of individual-level determinants. Comparative Politics, (doi: 10.5129/001041523X16559281347210) (Early Online Publication)

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Abstract

The increasing critique of representative democracy and its institutions determined reformers to consider the direct and deliberative processes as potential solutions to bridge the gap between elites and citizens. Substantial research investigates the functioning of these alternative models of democracy, but surprisingly little attention is paid to politicians’ perspectives and preferences for these reforms. This article fills this gap through an analysis of parliamentarians’ support for referendums and deliberative debates. It uses individual level data from the PartiRep Comparative MP Survey in fourteen European countries to identify individual-level determinants of legislators’ support. The findings reveal distinct explanatory factors of support for deliberative and direct reforms, which have important implications for democratic reform since elected representatives’ preferences strongly influence the type of innovation adopted.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Early Online Publication
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Carman, Professor Christopher and Gherghina, Dr Sergiu
Authors: Gherghina, S., Close, C., and Carman, C.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Politics
Journal Name:Comparative Politics
Publisher:City University of New York, Political Science Program
ISSN:0010-4159
ISSN (Online):2151-6227
Published Online:20 September 2022
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2022 City University of New York
First Published:First published in Comparative Politics 2022
Publisher Policy:Reproduced with the permission of the publisher

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