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A Two-Stage Theory of Discussant Influence on Vote Choice in Multiparty Systems

Schmitt-Beck, R and Partheymüller, J (2016) 'A Two-Stage Theory of Discussant Influence on Vote Choice in Multiparty Systems.' British Journal of Political Science, 46 (2). 321 - 348. ISSN 0007-1234

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Abstract

© Cambridge University Press 2014. This article addresses two aspects of social network influence on voters' electoral choices that are not well understood: the role of party systems as institutional contexts and the relationship between social pressure and information sharing as mechanisms of influence. It argues that in the cleavage-based multiparty systems of Western Europe, discussant influence at elections occurs in two stages. First, discussants place social pressure on voters to opt for parties from the same ideological camp. Secondly, by providing information, discussants influence which parties voters eventually choose out of these restricted 'consideration sets'. The study tests these assumptions using a panel survey conducted at the 2009 German federal election. The first proposition is clearly confirmed, and the evidence supports the second proposition, although less unequivocally.

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: 15 Sep 2016 09:26
Last Modified: 30 Jan 2019 16:21
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/17583

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