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On a Short Leash? Sub-National Party Positions between Regional Context and National Party Unity

Müller, Jochen (2013) 'On a Short Leash? Sub-National Party Positions between Regional Context and National Party Unity.' Journal of Elections, Public Opinion & Parties, 23 (2). pp. 177-199. ISSN 1745-7289

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Abstract

Do sub-national parties reproduce the programmatic orientation of the party as a whole? Or are they able to adjust their programmatic orientation to their sub-national electorate? I seek to answer these questions based on the policy positions of German sub-national parties and survey data on voters' positions. Referring to these very similar parties – which all have to commit themselves to certain policy positions in the run-up to state elections – allows for a controlled analysis of sub-national parties' autonomy. The analyses reveal that the regional context does play a role; voters' preferences and the unemployment rate appear to influence the dynamics of party positions. However, the results also show that regional branches of the same party change their positions in a similar way and also seek not to distance themselves too far from the national party line. This indicates that German sub-national parties appear first and foremost to be regional party branches of national parties.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Government, Department of
Depositing User: Clare Chatfield
Date Deposited: 10 Dec 2013 10:47
Last Modified: 16 Dec 2014 11:14
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/8252

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