Archive WP1: Changing Patterns of Citizen Participation

In all Western societies, political parties and other traditional intermediary organizations are losing members. New intermediary structures, however, seem to be on the rise. A question that has not been tackled successfully thus far, however, is whether these new structures are just as effective in enabling the interaction between citizens and political decision makers. This question will be central in an analysis of the European Social Survey and our own panel study (2009). The survey of MP’s also allows investigating through which channels MP’s receive information and requests from voters.