Incluye referencias bibliográficas e índice. CONTENIDO: Introduction: Representation as Process -- Party Convergence and Beyond. Convergence in Context: Simulating Party-Elector Interactions within a Downsian Framework -- Party Stability, Voting Cycles and Convergence: Comparative Evidence -- Unpacking the Convergence Model -- Party Divergence: Causes and Consequences. The Dynamics of Divergence - Ideology, Factionalism and Representation -- Representing Voters. Identifying Majority Preferences: Median or Plurality Voter? -- Representation over Time: Empowering both Modal and Median Preferences Through Policy Inertia - A Model and Simulation -- Representation and the Pace of Policy Change - A Comparative Over-Time Analysis -- Representing Citizens. The Nature of Citizen Preferences: Meaningful and Stable? -- Relating Elector to Voter Preferences -- Citizen Preferences and Public Policy -- The Representational Process. Parties Diverge Around Electors - But Not Too Much. Policy Responds - But Not Too Fast -- Partisan Governments, Centrist Electors: Resolving the Paradox of Party Representation -- Representing Representation: A Core Theory for Political Science.