Heike Klüver

Heike Klüver
Heike Klüver is Professor of Comparative Politics at the University of Hamburg. Her research interests include interest groups, political parties, coalition governments, political representation, European Union Politics and Quantitative Text Analysis. She has published her work in, amongst others, the American Journal of Political Science, the British Journal of Political Science, the European Journal of Political Research and at Oxford University Press.

Voting against your constituents? How lobbying affects representation

Do MPs listen to interest groups instead of their voters? Citizens delegate the representation of their political preferences to Members of Parliament (MPs) who are supposed to represent their interests in the legislature. However, MPs are exposed to a variety of interest groups seeking to influence how MPs cast their vote on policy proposals. Every day, thousands of lobbyists approach our legislative representatives in Brussels, Washington and any other democratic capital to influence legislative votes in their favor.

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