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Intraparty Democracy and Responsiveness to Rival Parties’ Policies

Lehrer, R and Ezrow, L and Ward, H and Böhmelt, T (2017) 'Intraparty Democracy and Responsiveness to Rival Parties’ Policies.' Social Science Quarterly, 98 (3). 1026 - 1044. ISSN 0038-4941

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Abstract

© 2017 by the Southwestern Social Science Association Objective: We address whether intraparty democracy conditions political parties’ responsiveness to rival parties’ policy shifts. Method: We estimate parameters of a spatial econometric model of parties’ policy positions in 11 established democracies. Results: Internally democratic parties respond to shifts in rival parties’ policies, and internally undemocratic parties do not respond to rival parties’ policy shifts. Conclusion: We argue that this occurs because intraparty deliberation provides a channel through which rival parties influence their competitors’ policies. Because rank-and-file party members are influenced by deliberative processes more than party leaders—and the policy goals of internally democratic parties’ policies are heavily influenced by their party members—deliberative processes lead democratic parties to respond to shifts in rival parties’ policy positions. This work has important implications for our understanding of parties’ election strategies, intraparty politics, and how policies diffuse between parties competing in the same election.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Government, Department of
Depositing User: Tobias Bohmelt
Date Deposited: 20 Mar 2017 13:50
Last Modified: 29 Jan 2018 23:15
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/19349

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