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Political Choice in Britain$
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Harold D. Clarke, David Sanders, Marianne C. Stewart, and Paul Whiteley

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780199244881

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2004

DOI: 10.1093/019924488X.001.0001

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Party Support in Britain, 1964–2001

Party Support in Britain, 1964–2001

(p.39) THREE Party Support in Britain, 1964–2001
Political Choice in Britain

Harold D. Clarke (Contributor Webpage)

David Sanders (Contributor Webpage)

Marianne C. Stewart (Contributor Webpage)

Paul Whiteley (Contributor Webpage)

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Assesses the extent to which the sociological, Downsian, and valence perspectives explain patterns of party support in the UK between 1964 and 2001. Analyses of BES data show that leader images and partisanship consistently have the largest effects on voting while issue proximities and social location are significant but less important. With the exception of the declining role of social class, the relative importance of the various signature variables associated with the sociological and individual rationality frameworks has remained quite constant from the mid-1960s onwards. This conclusion is reinforced by individual-level analyses of monthly Gallup Poll data gathered between 1992 and 2001.

Keywords:   Gallup Poll, issue proximities, leaders, partisanship, social class

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