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Owning the Issue Agenda: Party Strategies and Vote Choices in British Elections

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Explanations of party competition and vote choice are commonly based on the Downsian view of politics: parties maximise votes by adopting positions on policy dimensions. However, recent research suggests that British voters choose parties based on evaluations of competence rather than on ideological position. This paper proposes a theoretical account which combines elements of the spatial model with the ‘issue ownership’ approach. Whereas the issue ownership theory has focused mainly on party...

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Department:
Politics and Int Relations
Jane Green More by this author
Publisher:
Elsevier
Journal:
Electoral Studies
Volume:
Vol. 27, 3
Pages:
460-476
Publication date:
2008-04-18
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