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Sometimes You Cannot Have It All: Party Switching and Affiliation Motivations as Substitutes

Radean, Marius (2019) 'Sometimes You Cannot Have It All: Party Switching and Affiliation Motivations as Substitutes.' Party Politics, 25 (2). 140 - 152. ISSN 1354-0688

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Existing research on when legislators switch parties reports inconsistent results about motivations for switching (e.g., office, ideology, and votes). I treat the motivations for party switching as substitutes and argue that many of the inconsistencies that persist can be explained by modelling the interactive effects between these motivations. For example, scholars differ in terms of whether they find that electoral considerations are an important determinant of party switching. The conflicting findings on the independent effects of electoral considerations are explained here by demonstrating that these effects are conditional on the level of office benefits a legislators enjoys, as well as the ideological distance between the legislator and party. More generally, the empirical analysis provides strong support for the substitution effect hypothesis. Thus, modelling interactive effects increases our understanding of party switching.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: party switching; party affiliation; party poliitcs
Subjects: J Political Science > JF Political institutions (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Government, Department of
Depositing User: Marius Radean
Date Deposited: 20 Dec 2016 11:45
Last Modified: 12 Mar 2019 10:15

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