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From the Publisher"Van der Brug and company hit conventional wisdom hard. By their analysis, the economy, after all, influences the voter decision relatively little. The investigation, unique in its construction and provocative in its conclusion, begs to be read by comparative election scholars."
Michael Lewis-Beck, F. Wendell Miller Distinguished Professor of Political Science, University of Iowa
"The Economy and the Vote is an important book on an important subject. The authors develop a simple but powerful theoretical model that treats the vote decision as a two-stage process, where party preferences and party choice are taken separately. They then provide a truly exhaustive empirical analysis of the ways in which characteristics of parties and party competition structure economic effects on party preferences and, ultimately, the vote. The end result is compelling; it confirms and illuminates what we know to be true, and resolves puzzles that have eluded explanation until now. This book is certain to engage scholars for years to come."
Christopher Wlezien, Temple University
"One of the important contributions of this book is a recasting of economic voting theories in a more comprehensive two-stage model of voting behavior...this book provides powerful methodological and theoretical guidance for for students of voting behavior and an important reminder to bring the competitive dynamic back into our models of voting behavior."
Matthew M. Singer, Journal of Politics