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Does regulation make political parties more popular? A multi-level analysis of party support in Europe

Whiteley, Paul (2014) 'Does regulation make political parties more popular? A multi-level analysis of party support in Europe.' International Political Science Review, 35 (3). pp. 376-399. ISSN 0192-5121

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<jats:p>This article examines the relationship between party regulation, trust in political parties and partisanship in 24 European democracies in 2010. It tests two rival hypotheses, one suggesting that the regulation of political parties improves party support among electorates, and the other arguing the opposite case that regulation weakens support for parties. These hypotheses are tested using a multi-level modelling strategy that controls for a number of variables that might account for trust in parties and partisanship at the individual level. The evidence suggests that heavy regulation of political parties is associated with low levels of trust in parties and fewer partisans in these countries. This finding persists even in the presence of a variety of control variables. The analysis uses cross-sectional data and so definitive causal relationships cannot be fully identified, but the data implies that regulation by the state in the context of a severe economic recession could be having the effect of stifling support for political parties and weakening civil society.</jats:p>

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Multi-level modelling; party members and partisans; party regulation
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: 15 Dec 2014 10:40
Last Modified: 05 Apr 2022 06:32

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