Vote-seeking incentives and legislative representation in six presidential democracies Academic Article uri icon


  • Through the use of an original data set of bill initiation activity in six presidential democracies, we advance scholarly understanding of how the institutional incentives faced by legislative candidates influence representation. We extend and adapt theory, derived primarily from the experience of the U.S. Congress, demonstrating its viability, once assumed constants from the U.S. case are explicitly modeled, in quite distinct institutional contexts. In particular, we find the focus of individual legislators on national versus parochial concerns responds to the incentives provided by the candidate selection process, general election rules, legislator career patterns, and interbranch relations.

published proceedings


altmetric score

  • 3

author list (cited authors)

  • Crisp, B. F., Escobar-Lemmon, M. C., Jones, B. S., Jones, M. P., & Taylor-Robinson, M. M.

citation count

  • 196

complete list of authors

  • Crisp, BF||Escobar-Lemmon, MC||Jones, BS||Jones, MP||Taylor-Robinson, MM

publication date

  • August 2004