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Do voters respond to party manifestos or to a wider information environment? An analysis of mass-elite linkages on European integration

Adams, J and Ezrow, L and Somer-Topcu, Z (2014) 'Do voters respond to party manifestos or to a wider information environment? An analysis of mass-elite linkages on European integration.' American Journal of Political Science, 58 (4). 967 - 978. ISSN 0092-5853

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Abstract

©2014, Midwest Political Science Association. Recent studies analyze how citizens update their perceptions of parties' left-right positions in response to new political information. We extend this research to consider the issue of European integration, and we report theoretical and empirical analyses that citizens do not update their perceptions of parties' positions in response to election manifestos, but that citizens' perceptions of parties' positions do track political experts' perceptions of these positions, and, moreover, that it is party supporters who disproportionately perceive their preferred party's policy shifts. Given that experts plausibly consider a wide range of information, these findings imply that citizens weigh the wider informational environment when assessing parties' positions. We also present evidence that citizens' perceptions of party position shifts matter, in that they drive partisan sorting in the mass public.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Government, Department of
Depositing User: Jim Jamieson
Date Deposited: 16 Oct 2014 15:01
Last Modified: 05 Feb 2019 17:15
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/10892

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