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Mean voter representation and partisan constituency representation: Do parties respond to the mean voter position or to their supporters?

Ezrow, Lawrence and De Vries, Catherine and Steenbergen, Marco and Edwards, Erica (2011) 'Mean voter representation and partisan constituency representation: Do parties respond to the mean voter position or to their supporters?' Party Politics, 17 (3). pp. 275-301. ISSN 1354-0688

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Abstract

<jats:p> Do political parties respond to shifts in the preferences of their supporters, which we label the partisan constituency model, or to shifts in the mean voter position (the general electorate model)? Cross-national analyses — based on observations from Eurobarometer surveys and parties’ policy programmes in 15 countries from 1973 to 2002 — suggest that the general electorate model characterizes the policy shifts of mainstream parties. Alternatively, when we analyse the policy shifts of Communist, Green and extreme Nationalist parties (i.e. ‘niche’ parties), we find that these parties respond to shifts in the mean position of their supporters. The findings have implications for spatial theories and political representation. </jats:p>

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: mainstream parties; mean voter; niche parties; political representation; responsiveness
Subjects: 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: 21 Sep 2013 15:25
Last Modified: 15 Jan 2022 00:24
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/7547

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