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Journal Article

Stay loyal or exit the party? How openness to experience and extroversion explain vote switching

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Publication date

Jun 2016

Summary

Following Hirschman, voters who are discontent with the party they voted
for have two options: exit the party and vote for another or stay
loyal. The inclination to exit or stay loyal is rooted in the Five
Factor Model (FFM) of personality. We test our argument in two panel
studies in Denmark and the United Kingdom. We find that citizens open to
experience are more likely to switch parties since they are more likely
to think about alternatives and take risks. Extroverts identify and
commit themselves to organizations and stay loyal in Denmark, but we do
not confirm this pattern in the United Kingdom. Our findings demonstrate
that electoral volatility is, at least partly, rooted in personality.

Published in

Political Psychology

Volume and page numbers

37 , 419 -429

DOI

http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/pops.12257

ISSN

16

Subjects

Politics and Psychology

Links

http://serlib0.essex.ac.uk/record=b1592338~S5

Notes

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