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The micro-foundations of party competition and issue ownership: the reciprocal effects of citizens’ issue salience and party attachments

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Publication date

06 Apr 2016

Summary

While previous research on the reciprocal effects of citizens’ issue attitudes and their party support emphasize citizens’ issue positions, political competition revolves equally around issue salience – that is, debates over which issue areas political parties should prioritize. Using multi-wave panel survey data from Germany and Great Britain, this study analyzes the reciprocal effects of citizens’ issue salience and their party support, and concludes that citizens’ issue priorities both influence and are influenced by their party attachments and, moreover, that these effects are linked to parties’ long-term associative issue ownership. This effect is strongest among supporters of a small issue-orientated niche party, the German Greens.

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British Journal of Political Science

DOI

http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/s0007123415000642

ISSN

16

Subjects

Politics and Psychology

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University of Essex, Albert Sloman Library Periodicals *restricted to University of Essex registered users* - http://serlib0.essex.ac.uk/record=b1610772~S5

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