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The House Is Not a Home: M.P.'s and Their Constituencies

Cain, Bruce E. and Ferejohn, John A. and Fiorina, Morris P. (1979) The House Is Not a Home: M.P.'s and Their Constituencies. Social Science Working Paper, 265. California Institute of Technology , Pasadena, CA. (Unpublished)

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The British parliamentary system supposedly denies MPs the electoral incentive and the staff resources to engage in constituency service in the style of members of the U.S. Congress. Backbench MPs presumably aspire to ministerial office and therefore concentrate their activity on the work of the House. Case studies of 17 MPs, however, reveal that the constituency orientations of MPs are more varied than the conventional wisdom suggests, that some resemble the Homestyle of U.S. representatives, and that nearly all believe that attention to their constituents can protect them against national electoral swings. A close examination of the constituency orientations of five MPs suggests the cross-national utility of Fenno's distinction between geographical, re-election, primary, and personal constituencies and his categories of "presentation of self."

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Additional Information:Prepared for presentation at the Annual Meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association, Chicago, Illinois, April 19-21, 1979. Research for this project has been supported by the National Science Foundation, Grant #SOC78-15413. The authors wish to thank Gillian Peele of Oxford University and Graham Wilson of the University of Essex for their comments. Published as Cain, Bruce E., John A. Ferejohn, and Morris P. Fiorina. "The house is not a home: British MPs in their constituencies." Legislative Studies Quarterly (1979): 501-523.
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Subject Keywords:Constituents, Political parties, Housing, Legislators, Meetings, Working class, Congressional districts, Voting, Communities, Conservatism
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