Christine Arnolds - New Trends in eHumanities. eHumanities Group

Christine Arnold, Maastricht University

DATE

January 31, 2013

 

Facets of Political Representation: Data and Measurements

The question of how governments can better connect with their citizens is a central concern for national and European policy-makers. A central tenet of representative democracy is that there is a reciprocal link between the provisions of public policies and the wishes of the citizens. A key question is: Are the policy preferences of the public providing guidance for policy-makers? In my talk I will discuss findings of two studies: one on the European Parliament and the other on European legislation. Furthermore, I will present the NWO project “Database on Political Responsiveness” in which we are assembling a unified and cross-indexed resource on the preferences of the European electorates, political parties and governments, and legislative outputs (http://policyvotes.org). This database will allow researchers and citizens to evaluate political representation across policy areas, countries, levels of governance, and time.

Bio

Christine Arnold is Assistant Professor at the University of Maastricht, the Netherlands. Her research and teaching interests are in comparative politics, public opinion, political representation, web-harvesting, quantitative text analysis and research methods. Some of her work has been published in West European Politics, European Union Politics, Political Studies, International Studies Quarterly, Journal of Contemporary European Research and several edited volumes. [c.arnold@maastrichtuniversity.nl]

The question of how governments can better connect with their citizens is a central concern for national and European policy-makers. A central tenet of representative democracy is that there is a reciprocal link between the provisions of public policies and the wishes of the citizens. A key question is: Are the policy preferences of the public providing guidance for policy-makers? In my talk I will discuss findings of two studies: one on the European Parliament and the other on European legislation. Furthermore, I will present the NWO project “Database on Political Responsiveness” in which we are assembling a unified and cross-indexed resource on the preferences of the European electorates, political parties and governments, and legislative outputs (http://policyvotes.org). This database will allow researchers and citizens to evaluate political representation across policy areas, countries, levels of governance, and time.