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Performance politics and the British voter

Clarke, HD and Sanders, D and Stewart, MC and Whiteley, PF (2009) Performance politics and the British voter. UNSPECIFIED. ISBN 9780521874441

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Abstract

© Harold D. Clarke, David Sanders, Marianne C. Stewart and Paul F. Whiteley 2009 and Cambridge University Press, 2009. What matters most to voters when they choose their leaders? This book suggests that performance politics is at the heart of contemporary democracy, with voters forming judgments about how well competing parties and leaders perform on important issues. Given the high stakes and uncertainty involved, voters rely heavily on partisan cues and party leader images as guides to electoral choice. However, the authors argue that the issue agenda of British politics has changed markedly in recent years. A cluster of concerns about crime, immigration and terrorism now mix with perennial economic and public service issues. Since voters and parties often share the same positions on these issues, political competition focuses on who can do the best job. This book shows that a model emphasizing flexible partisan attachments, party leader images and judgments of party competence on key issues can explain electoral choice in contemporary Britain.

Item Type: Book
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe)
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe) > JN101 Great Britain
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Government, Department of
Depositing User: Jim Jamieson
Date Deposited: 10 Nov 2011 14:48
Last Modified: 30 Jan 2019 16:19
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/1313

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