The idea of responsiveness is central to modern understandings of democracy. It has long drawn attention to how elected politicians, political parties, legislatures and governments respond to the expectations of citizens, social movements and interest groups in representational and policy terms. Recent work tends to highlight the two-way character of responsiveness and the challenges to responsiveness associated with multi-level politics and policy. West European Politics has covered the concept and practice of responsiveness intensively, including in a special issue on Assessing Political Representation in Europe (Volume 35, Issue 6, 2012), edited by Christine Arnold and Mark N. Franklin, and a special issue entitled Responsive and Responsible? The Role of Parties in Twenty-First Century Politics (Volume 37, Issue 2, 2014), devoted to the work of the late Peter Mair and edited by Luciano Bardi, Stefano Bartolini and Alexander H. Trechsel. The present collection includes 12 recent articles all of which engage directly with the concept and practice of political and policy responsiveness in Europe’s multi-level system, with a focus on the responsiveness of political parties, governments, legislatures and the EU.
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West European Politics (WEP) has established itself as one of the most authoritative journals covering politics, government and public policy in Western Europe. Its comprehensive scope, embracing the major political developments, including the European Union, and its coverage of all national elections in Western Europe, make it essential reading for both academics and practitioners. The journal normally publishes at least two special issues per volume.