Party Political Representation in Portugal

Ana Maria Belchior
2008 South European Society & Politics  
This study analyses the degree to which Portuguese parties represent their electorates. In this instance, representation is measured by the degree of congruence between those who vote and those who are elected. The analysis has two dimensions: ideological positioning and attitudes towards democracy. On the first dimension, it appears that, compared to the voters, the parliamentary elite is ideologically more extreme. On the second dimension, we find elites are more favourable towards democracy
more » ... towards democracy than the electorates they represent.
doi:10.1080/13608740902738384 fatcat:dhtxh6tggzbn5ixwbl5rirvhma