By Maurizio Cotta,Heinrich Best

Democratic illustration in Europe: range, switch and Convergence explores illustration as a middle component of democracies within the smooth period. over the last one hundred fifty years parliamentary illustration has constructed right into a major hyperlink among polity and society, and parliamentary representatives have come to shape the nucleus of political elites. The twenty authors of the sixteen chapters keep on with a comparative and empirical procedure by way of exploiting the original longitudinal data-base of the EURELITE venture, which has amassed standardized proof in regards to the constructions of parliamentary illustration in eleven eu international locations and their improvement over the years; in lots of nations over one hundred sixty years. Following on from an previous booklet through an identical editors (Parliamentary Representatives in Europe 1848-2000.) which interested in tendencies in unmarried eu international locations, this booklet pursues a trans-national method via evaluating the mechanisms and modes of parliamentary recruitment and occupation formation among the most get together households and diverse different types of the inhabitants in eu societies. Such cross-national analyses, which come with a longitudinal account of woman illustration all through glossy ecu parliamentary background, haven't been tried earlier than. The publication concludes with longitudinal in-depth analyses of cleavage illustration in ecu parliamentary historical past and of the effect of the institutional issue on political elites' transformations.

Democratic illustration in Europe contributes to a greater figuring out of family among social and political switch, and of the significance of institutional components in shaping the political elites of eu democracies. In so doing it might support substantiate theoretical debates within the social and political sciences on concerns comparable to old institutionalism and course dependency.

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