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The European issue and party choice at British general elections, 1974-2005

Clements, B and Bartle, J (2009) 'The European issue and party choice at British general elections, 1974-2005.' Journal of Elections, Public Opinion & Parties, 19 (4). pp. 377-411. ISSN 1745-7289

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Political scientists have long debated whether ?issues? influence vote choices. It is now generally agreed, however, that policy preferences and evaluations of party performance have some limited impact on vote decisions. It has also been shown that the influence of issues varies both between individuals and between elections. This article adds to our understanding of these issues by examining how the European issue influenced individual vote decisions at each general election since 1974. We use Manifesto Research Group (MRG) data to show that the effect of Europe on individual vote decisions increases as the parties became more polarized and decreases as they converge on the European issue.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences
Faculty of Social Sciences > Government, Department of
SWORD Depositor: Elements
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 25 Jul 2012 08:55
Last Modified: 06 Jan 2022 13:18

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