Please join me in congratulating Dr. Robin Lauermann, NYSPSA treasurer, on her new book "Constituent Perceptions of Political Representation."
The book examines the nature of representation in democracy, focusing on constituent evaluations of Congress members and the implications these results have on citizens' influence on government. This analysis elaborates on the complex relationship citizens have with their representatives, shedding light on the constituent perspective in two ways. Constituent Perceptions of Political Representation shows that symbolic responsiveness is often the most influential factor affecting constituent evaluations while also posing significant questions about the basis of our democracy: if we are dissatisfied with the caliber of our government, do we acknowledge our role as citizens in setting poor or vague standards? Why are we dismayed when representatives give us what we ask for?
Robin is a great person, mentor, and a valuable member of our association!! Please click on the image above to be directed to the publisher's page with more information on the book. The book is also available on Amazon. Copies will be available at our annual conference in April.
New York State Political Science Association