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Political Choice in Britain
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Political Choice in Britain

Harold D. Clarke, David Sanders, Marianne C. Stewart, and Paul Whiteley

Abstract

Political Choice in Britain uses data from the 1964 to 2001 British election studies (BES), 1992 to 2002 monthly Gallup polls, and numerous other national surveys conducted over the past four decades to test the explanatory power of rival sociological and individual rationality models of electoral turnout and party choice. Analyses endorse a valence politics model that challenges the long-dominant social class model. British voters make their choices by evaluating the performance of parties and party leaders in economic and other important policy areas. Although these evaluations may be large ... More

Keywords: 2001 British election study, civic duty, democracy satisfaction, economic evaluations, election campaigns, general incentives model, party leaders, turnout, valence politics model, voting behaviour

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2004 Print ISBN-13: 9780199244881
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2004 DOI:10.1093/019924488X.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Harold D. Clarke, author
Ashbel Smith Professor of Political Science, University of Texas at Dallas
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David Sanders, author
Professor of Government, University of Essex
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Marianne C. Stewart, author
Professor of Government, Politics, and Political Economy, University of Texas at Dallas
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