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Voter Polarization, Strength of Partisanship, and Support for Extremist Parties

Ezrow, Lawrence and Tavits, Margit and Homola, Jonathan (2014) 'Voter Polarization, Strength of Partisanship, and Support for Extremist Parties.' Comparative Political Studies, 47 (11). pp. 1558-1583. ISSN 0010-4140

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In this study, we evaluate how voter polarization and the level of partisanship influence electoral outcomes. We show that when the level of partisanship is low, the polarization of voter preferences translates into popular support for extreme parties. In contrast, longstanding attachments to mainstream (moderate) parties dampen the relationship between voter polarization and support for extreme parties. The implication of these findings is that the lack of voter attachment to parties contributes to extreme party competition, while strong attachment can help reduce party extremism even if electorates are polarized.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: voter polarization; extremist parties; elections; partisanship; postcommunist
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences
Faculty of Social Sciences > Government, Department of
SWORD Depositor: Elements
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 16 Oct 2014 15:08
Last Modified: 15 Jan 2022 00:24

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