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Multidimensional Incongruence, Political Disaffection, and Support for Anti-Establishment Parties.

Bakker, Ryan and Jolly, Seth and Polk, Jonathan (2020) 'Multidimensional Incongruence, Political Disaffection, and Support for Anti-Establishment Parties.' Journal of European Public Policy, 27 (2). 292 - 309. ISSN 1350-1763

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Abstract

To what extent do representational gaps between parties and voters destabilize party systems and create electoral opportunities for anti-establishment parties on the left and right? In this paper, we use multiple measures of party-partisan incongruence to evaluate whether issue-level incongruence contributes to an increase of political disaffection and anti-establishment politics. For this analysis, we use data from the Chapel Hill Expert Survey (CHES) for party positions and public opinion data from the European Election Study (EES). Our fi ndings indicate that multidimensional incongruence is associated with disaffection at the national and European level, and that disffected mainstream party voters are in turn more likely to consider voting for anti-establishment challenger parties. This nding suggests that perceived gaps in party-citizen substantive representation have important electoral ramifi cations across European democracies.

Item Type: Article
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Government, Department of
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 21 Jan 2020 09:53
Last Modified: 30 Jul 2021 01:00
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/26514

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