Why Study the Size of the House?
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The quality of representation the citizenry receives from its political leaders is central to evaluating the character of any democratic institution. Democratic theorists have long recognized that one of the most critical variables in determining whether citizens have access to and can inﬂ uence the decisions of their representatives is the numerical size of those institutions.1 Deciphering what constitutes the ideal number of members who should represent the people in their legislative institutions can have profound consequences for democracy.