About this Research Topic
Recent studies show that societies have become more socially and politically polarised; voters have become disillusioned with democratic procedures; establishment parties have struggled to retain electoral support or new forms of political representation based on technocracy and populism has risen. The financial crisis that hit Western democracies between 2008 and 2015 has been identified as a significant trigger of such form of political change. However, one can argue that these political dynamics are also related to long-term institutional changes made to adapt to economic and political globalisation.
In an era of increasing economic interdependence, the commonly assumed form of political representation based on median-voter theories faces new challenges. Citizens may perceive that as economic interdependence increases, political parties give voters’ political preferences less weight when informing new policies. Additionally, political parties, specially when they are in government, find their policy domain largely oversight by supra-national institutions as the result of increasing economic cooperation.
This research topic seeks original and novel contributions to participate in this broad debate between processes of economic integration and political representation. In particular, this research topic aims to attract manuscripts addressing issues broadly related to some of the following questions:
• What factors explain shifts in political representation in industrialised democracies?
• Are there new sources of political discontent?
• How do citizens update their political preferences?
• How do financial crises affect political participation?
• How has globalisation altered the political and economic preferences of citizens?
• Can parties be politically responsive and economically responsible at the same time?
• Why establishment parties, specially socialdemocratic parties, are losing electoral support?
• Can political parties deliver all the policies they promise when they are in government?
Original manuscripts using some of the following methodological approaches are especially welcome:
• Experimental and quasi-experimental methods
• Econometric methods
• Formal modelling
• Historical comparisons
Keywords: economic integration, political representation, political participation, industrialised democracies, political preference
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