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Party Policy Diffusion

Bohmelt, T and Ezrow, L and Lehrer, R and Ward, H (2016) 'Party Policy Diffusion.' American Political Science Review, 110 (2). 397 - 410. ISSN 0003-0554

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Abstract

Do parties learn from or emulate parties in other political systems? This research develops the argument that parties are more likely to employ the heuristic of learning from and emulating foreign successful (incumbent) parties. Spatial-econometric analyses of parties? election policies from several established democracies robustly confirm that political parties respond to left-right policy positions of foreign political parties that have recently governed. By showing that parties respond to these foreign incumbent parties, this work has significant implications for our understanding of party competition. Furthermore, we contribute to the literature on public policy diffusion, as we suggest that political parties are important vehicles through which public policies diffuse.

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: 10 Aug 2016 14:05
Last Modified: 26 Nov 2018 21:15
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/17301

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