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Elections, Parties, DemocracyConferring the Median Mandate$
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Michael D. McDonald and Ian Budge

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780199286720

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2006

DOI: 10.1093/0199286728.001.0001

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Communicating Preferences: The Public Policy Space

Communicating Preferences: The Public Policy Space

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(p.30) 3 Communicating Preferences: The Public Policy Space
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Elections, Parties, Democracy
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Michael D. McDonald (Contributor Webpage)

Ian Budge (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0199286728.003.0003

For democracy to work, politicians and electors have to see the world in the same party–related terms. Evidence is cited from both surveys and party programmes to show this must be the Left–Right dimension. However, issues get squeezed into this only during and round about elections. In inter–election periods, ministerial and procedural structures may well divide political issues up into separable domains, raising the possibility that different parliamentary medians exist, depending on the subject under discussion. This possibility has to be built into our research design.

Keywords:   preferences, policy space, public policy, communication, electors, politicians, Left–Right, median voter, parliamentary medians

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