How Citizens and Their Legislators Prioritize Spheres of Representation Journal Article uri icon



  • The authors uncover evidence that citizens’ priorities about various spheres of legislative representation differ across demographic groups and that these differences are subsequently reflected in the in-office behavior of their elected officials. Specifically, African Americans and Latinos are less concerned than whites with policy representation—the attentiveness of elected officials to citizens’ policy preferences—but place more emphasis on their district receiving its fair share of federal money. Citizens with higher incomes place a higher priority on policy representation and less on constituency service than do those with lower incomes. Importantly, these priorities map onto their member of Congress’s behavior.

publication date

  • September 1, 2011

has restriction

  • closed

Date in CU Experts

  • November 3, 2013 8:34 AM

Full Author List

  • Griffin JD; Flavin P

author count

  • 2

Other Profiles

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1065-9129

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1938-274X

Additional Document Info

start page

  • 520

end page

  • 533


  • 64


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