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The electoral cycle in political contributions: the incumbency advantage of early elections

Aaskoven, L (2020) 'The electoral cycle in political contributions: the incumbency advantage of early elections.' Acta Politica, 55 (4). 670 - 691. ISSN 0001-6810

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Abstract

The occurrence of early elections varies significantly between and within electoral democracies. Previous studies have investigated the determinants and the electoral consequences of early elections. However, whether early elections affect financial contributions to political parties has not been independently studied. This article argues that incumbent government parties gain a relative advantage compared to non-government parties with regard to private contributions in years of early elections. This argument is tested using party-level data from Denmark. Taking party-fixed effects into account, the results show a strong incumbency advantage in private contributions for early elections. The findings suggest that the ability to call early elections gives incumbent parties an additional advantage besides being able to call elections when economic conditions and opinion polls are favorable.

Item Type: Article
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Government, Department of
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 02 Oct 2019 11:32
Last Modified: 07 Apr 2021 17:15
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/25482

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