The electoral connection: Members of Parliament and their district | Michael Kolkmann | TEDxUniHalle

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    Today it is maybe more important than ever that members of parliaments react responsively and in interaction with their prospective voters. In times of right-wing populism and wide-spread disenchantment with politics, we should have a closer look on members of parliaments and evaluate how they perform in their job. In his talk Dr. Michael Kolkmann presents results from a research project called "Citizens and Representatives" (Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg) that focused on parliamentary representation. The project studied the behavior, role orientations and attitudes of members of the German Bundestag. Its focus was on describing and explaining representatives' behavior in the process of representation, their perception of representation and the interactions aimed at performing representative roles.

    Dr. Michael Kolkmann is working as a teacher for special tasks at the Institute for Political Science of the MLU since 2011. However, his interest in political events in Germany and America has been accompanying him for several years. From 1993 to 1996 he studied political science and history at various universities in Germany and also at the American University in Washington, D.C. After his doctorate in Halle (Saale), he worked in Washington, D.C. at the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies. Afterwards, he moved to Germany again - to be precise in the House of Representatives to Berlin. Since 2008 he is working as a member of the Institute for Political Science in Halle (Saale).

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