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Improving the measurement of party identification in Britain

Bartle, J (2014) 'Improving the measurement of party identification in Britain.' 119 - 135.

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Abstract

This article points out a paradox: most political scientists apparently subscribe to a party identification model of voting behaviour and yet there is widespread concem about how that concept is currently measured. In particular there are doubts about whether the traditional measure captures the long-tenn nature of party identification. The article presents evidence from an experiment, carried out by the Gallup Organization, which compares the traditional measure with a new one. The results suggest that the traditional measure of party identification overstates the level of identification and leads to an exaggerated impression of the relationship between this variable and vote. The article ends with an appeal for more research into the measurement of party identification.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe) > JN101 Great Britain
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Government, Department of
Depositing User: Peter Josse
Date Deposited: 13 Jan 2015 13:25
Last Modified: 30 Mar 2021 15:15
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/10058

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