The Economy and the Vote: Economic Conditions and Elections in Fifteen Countries

The Economy and the Vote: Economic Conditions and Elections in Fifteen Countries

by Wouter van der Brug, Cees van der EijK, Mark Franklin
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521863740

ISBN-13: 9780521863742

Pub. Date: 04/28/2007

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

This book estimates the effects of economic conditions on the behavior of individual voters and on the outcomes of 42 elections in 15 countries. The conventional wisdom that poor economic conditions hurt governing parties is too simplistic. It does not hold for junior parties in coalition governments, who frequently gain at the expense of larger parties. It also does…  See more details below

Overview

This book estimates the effects of economic conditions on the behavior of individual voters and on the outcomes of 42 elections in 15 countries. The conventional wisdom that poor economic conditions hurt governing parties is too simplistic. It does not hold for junior parties in coalition governments, who frequently gain at the expense of larger parties. It also does not hold in countries where responsibility for economic policy is unclear (more often than not). The extent to which the economy affects election outcomes depends strongly on the degree of electoral competition between parties.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521863742
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
04/28/2007
Pages:
244
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.79(d)

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Table of Contents

1. Studying economic voting; 2. Party choice as a two-stage process; 3. Hypotheses and data: the theoretical and empirical setting; 4. Effects of the economy on party support; 5. The economic voter; 6. From individual preferences to election outcomes; 7. The economy, party competition, and the vote.

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