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Journal Article

The political consequences of transitions out of marriage in Great Britain

Authors

Publication date

2010

Abstract

This article uses British Household Panel Survey data to estimate the effects of divorce and widowhood on political attitudes and political behavior. In contrast to previous research, which mostly relied on cross-sectional data, a matched propensity score analysis does not find any effects of transitions out of marriage on policy preferences, party identification, or vote choice. The results also show that divorce (but not widowhood) substantially reduces electoral participation. Some preliminary evidence suggests that this effect of divorce on turnout is partially attributable to the increased residential mobility that accompanies divorce.

Published in

Electoral Studies

Volume and page numbers

29 , 249 -258

DOI

http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.electstud.2010.01.004

ISSN

16

Subjects

Politics, Elections. Electoral Behaviour, and Family Formation And Dissolution

Links

University of Essex, Albert Sloman Library Periodicals *restricted to University of Essex registered users* - http://serlib0.essex.ac.uk/record=b1614026~S5

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