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Lawmakers' constituency service in Africa: fostering accountability, development, and democracy? 
Edalina Sanches (University of Lisbon)
Leila Demarest (Leiden University)
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Edalina Sanches (University of Lisbon)
Leila Demarest (Leiden University)
Politics and International Relations (x) Futures (y)
Philosophikum, S92
Thursday 1 June, -, -
Time zone: Europe/Berlin

Short Abstract:

The panel explores the variations, causes and consequences of parliamentary constituency service in Africa. It is open to contributions that advance our knowledge on constituents' representation drawing among others on case studies, comparative studies, and statistical analyses.

Long Abstract:

This panel seeks answers to the following - and related - questions: what explains variation in (modes of) constituency service in Africa? Are legislators more responsive to some constituents than others? Does constituency service shape elite and citizen behaviours and attitudes? What are the prospects for constituents' representation in Africa? We welcome contributions that explore if e.g. political institutions, district characteristics, legislators' resources and networks shape dedication to the district in terms of types of activities performed and the audience(s) targeted. Second, we also look for analyses that investigate the consequences of constituency service, namely if it matters for elite survival strategies (re-selection/re-election) but more importantly if it helps build trust and restore links between voters and representatives. Finally, we encourage studies that advance the discussion on the future of political representation in Africa, in a way that complicates some of the existing assumptions about how politics unfolds in Africa. The panel is open to contributions using different methodological approaches (single or cross-country designs, different types of qualitative and quantitative data) and innovative theoretical/analytical frameworks.

Accepted papers:

Session 1 Thursday 1 June, 2023, -
Session 2 Thursday 1 June, 2023, -