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Russell J. Dalton, David M. Farrell, and Ian McAllister

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199599356

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199599356.001.0001

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Party Images and Party Linkage

Party Images and Party Linkage

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(p.109) 5 Party Images and Party Linkage
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Political Parties and Democratic Linkage
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Russell J. Dalton

David M. Farrell

Ian McAllister

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199599356.003.0005

This chapter examines the second presumption of the policy-voting theory: that citizens are able to judge the positions of the political parties relative to their own policy preferences. It begins by asking whether most people can locate the major political parties on the Left-Right continuum. It then assesses whether citizen perceptions are reasonable estimates of party positions by comparing current findings with those of other party research projects.

Keywords:   policy voting, political parties, policy preference, Left-Right continuum, citizen perception

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