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Mapping ideological diversity from inside parties: A principal-agent approach

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This article develops a framework to explain ideological diversity within political parties in parliamentary democracies from the positions of individual legislators. First, I review the different theories explaining the variation of ideological diversity within political parties in the field of party politics and legislative studies. Then, I propose to model the relations between legislators, their party and their constituents as a competitive delegation process building on the principal-agent theory. I draw on the literature on the distribution of power within political parties to argue that intra-party ideological diversity can best be explained by vertical bargains taking place between the different territorial layers of political parties.
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hal-02970880 , version 1 (19-10-2020)

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Florence Ecormier-Nocca. Mapping ideological diversity from inside parties: A principal-agent approach. French Politics, 2020, 18 (4), pp.433 - 449. ⟨10.1057/s41253-020-00132-8⟩. ⟨hal-02970880⟩
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