Miriam Hänni

University of Konstanz
Department of Politics and Public Administration

Universitätsstrasse 10
Konstanz
Germany
78464
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I focus mostly on questions of policy responsiveness and representation. I am particularly interested in policy responsiveness towards population subgroups such as ethnic or socioeconomic minorities and conditional explanations of responsiveness. I am contributing to the German Agendas Project.

Citation:
Hänni, Miriam. 2017. "Presence, Representation and Impact: How Minority MPs affect Policy Outcomes". Legislative Studies Quarterly. 42(1): 97-130
Abstract: Many ethnic minorities demand (adequate) descriptive representation in parliament because they expect it to affect the responsiveness of governments towards their demands. However, the mechanism of how minority representatives affect policy outcomes remains unclear. I argue that descriptive representation mainly has an effect if representatives possess additional leverage to influence policy outcomes. The argument is tested with hierarchical time-series models from 88 minority groups in 47 countries multiethnic democracies. The analysis shows that descriptive representatives are most successful in influencing policy outcomes if they are included in the government, the legislature is powerful, and a group is comparatively large.
URL: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/lsq.12142/full

Substantive Focus:
Comparative Public Policy PRIMARY

Theoretical Focus:
Public Opinion PRIMARY

Keywords

POLICY RESPONSIVENESS UNEQUAL REPRESENTATION MIPS VS. POLICY COMPARATIVE POLITICS