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The European VoterA Comparative Study Of Modern Democracies$
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Jacques Thomassen

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780199273218

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2005

DOI: 10.1093/0199273219.001.0001

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Left–Right Orientations and Party Choice

Left–Right Orientations and Party Choice

(p.167) 7 Left–Right Orientations and Party Choice
The European Voter

Cees van der Eijk

Hermann Schmitt

Tanja Binder

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Just like in the case of value orientations, one might expect a gradual decrease of the power of left-right orientations to explain party choice. However, no such monotonic decline can be observed. Voters’ left/right positions still are strongly related to party choice, but the strength of this association varies between countries and over time, without any particular kind of clearly discernable trend. The over-time variation in this association is strongly correlated with the degree of party polarization on the left/right continuum.

Keywords:   left-right orientation, electoral cohorts, smallest distance theory, directional theory

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