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Political Leaders and Democratic Elections
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Political Leaders and Democratic Elections

Kees Aarts, André Blais, and Hermann Schmitt

Abstract

Outcomes of legislative elections are typically reported in terms of party support: how many votes and seats were obtained by each party? But in fact voters are faced with three choices which must be folded into one. They must decide which party they prefer, but in so doing they must take account of the policies advocated by these parties and the leaders who will eventually have to enact them. This simple fact raises question about the relative weight of these considerations, and especially the importance granted to the leaders. This issue has been largely neglected in the vast literature on v ... More

Keywords: legislative elections, party support, voting behaviour, political parties, party identification, voting decisions, televised politics

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199259007
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199259007.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kees Aarts, editor
Professor of Political Science, University of Twente

André Blais, editor
Professor, Canada Research Chair in Electoral Studies, University of Montreal

Hermann Schmitt, editor
Professor of Political Science, University of Mannheim