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date: 26 March 2019

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Do electoral systems impact the roles that elected representatives play in the legislative arena? Despite the concept’s long pedigree in legislative studies, evidence of an association between the electoral institutions and the role orientations adopted by legislators is hard to come by. After detailing what are roles in the legislative arena and reviewing the state of the literature, we explore three possible reasons—critically re-examining the utility of the role concept. After approaching representational roles from the common perspective of the representatives, we turn to the perspective of their principals in the chain of delegation. Only very recently has a literature on citizens’ expectations regarding the representative relationship started to develop, albeit in isolation.

Keywords: electoral systems, representational roles, focus of representation, style of representation, citizens’ preferences for representation

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