How family networks affect the political choices of boundedly rational persons: turnout and vote choice in recent British elections’

Publication type

Conference Paper


American Political Science Association Annual Meeting, 1- 4 September 2005, Washington, DC


Publication date

June 1, 2005


Partisan constancy and the voting preferences of others in the household, strongly and persistently influence vote choice. The more likely is the woman of the house to vote for a party, the more likely is her partner and child to do so as well. The more likely is the man of the house to vote for a party, the more likely is his wife, and the more likely is the child to so, the more likely is his or her mother to do so also, regarding Labour. The greater the level of each person’s partisan constancy, the more likely is he or she to vote for the party. We support these claims by modeling the electoral choices of members of British households in the General Elections of 1997 and 2001. In the conclusion, we draw implications for party strategy.





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