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dc.contributor.authorGIGER, Nathalie
dc.contributor.authorLEFKOFRIDI, Zoe 
dc.date.accessioned2014-12-19T18:00:04Z
dc.date.available2014-12-19T18:00:04Z
dc.date.issued2014
dc.identifier.citationSwiss political science review, 2014, Vol. 20, No. 2, pp. 287-304
dc.identifier.issn1424-7755
dc.identifier.issn1662-6370
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1814/33966
dc.description.abstractPolicy congruence between parties and their voters is a prerequisite for the latter's representation. Related research typically focuses on the left-right dimension. We contribute to this literature by conceiving the alignment between citizens and political elites as congruence on issues that individual citizens consider important (salience-based congruence). Furthermore, we approach salience from the citizen's perspective and measure it at the individual level. Based on data from the Swiss Election Study (2007), we demonstrate that the assessment of party representation changes once we take salience into account. Policy congruence on salient issues is high and niche parties perform better than mainstream parties. Our arguments and findings about the role personal issue salience plays at the individual and party levels have important repercussions for contemporary debates on representation and policy congruence.
dc.language.isoEn
dc.publisherWiley-Blackwell
dc.relation.ispartofSwiss political science review
dc.subjectPolitical representation
dc.subjectSalience
dc.subjectPolicy congruence
dc.subjectParties
dc.subjectSwitzerland
dc.subjectPublic-opinion
dc.subjectideological congruence
dc.subjectbritish elections
dc.subjectissue ownership
dc.subjectpolicy
dc.subjectrepresentation
dc.subjectbehavior
dc.subjectimpact
dc.subjectcompetition
dc.subjectcandidates
dc.titleSalience-based congruence between parties & their voters : the Swiss case
dc.typeArticle
dc.identifier.doi10.1111/spsr.12069
dc.identifier.volume20
dc.identifier.startpage287
dc.identifier.endpage304
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