Contributions to Political Science

Economic Inequality and Political Representation in Switzerland

Authors: Rosset, Jan

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  • Investigates economically rooted inequalities in the political representation of citizens’ policy preferences
  • Offers new theories on why wealthy citizens’ voices are better heard
  • Based on data from a survey of more than 3000 citizens and 1500 candidates running in parliamentary elections
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This book analyzes the link between economic and political inequalities and investigates the mechanisms that lead to economically rooted inequalities in the political representation of citizens’ policy preferences. Focusing on the case of Switzerland and evaluating data from the post-electoral survey, Selects 2007, the author demonstrates that the policy preferences of members of the Federal Assembly best reflect those of rich citizens. This pattern is explained by differential levels of political participation and knowledge across income groups, party finance, the fact that representatives tend to come from higher economic strata, and the failure of the party-system structure to reflect the complexity of policy preferences among citizens.

About the authors

Jan Rosset is a post-doctoral researcher at the Mannheim Centre for European Social Research (MZES), University of Mannheim, with a fellowship from the Swiss National Science Foundation. Prior to that, he has worked as senior researcher at FORS, the Swiss Centre of Expertise in the Social Sciences, and as lecturer at the University of Lausanne.  He received his PhD in political science from this latter institution in 2013. His research interests include comparative politics, political representation and the link between economic and political inequality.

Table of contents (9 chapters)

Table of contents (9 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Economic Inequality and Political Representation in Switzerland
Authors
Series Title
Contributions to Political Science
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing Switzerland
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-27117-0
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-27117-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-27115-6
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-80078-3
Series ISSN
2198-7289
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
IX, 149
Number of Illustrations
3 b/w illustrations
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