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Random walk or planned excursion? Continuity and change in the left-right positions of political parties

Dalton, R. J; McAllister, Ian

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Implicit in theories of democratic elections is the idea of change—or at least the potential for change. Elections provide the opportunity for citizens to change their party preferences and thus alter the course of government. In addition, political parties can change their programmatic positions to attract new voters. Our research asks how much parties change their Left–Right positions between elections and what this tells us about parties’ strategic choices. We utilize data from the...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorDalton, R. J
dc.contributor.authorMcAllister, Ian
dc.date.accessioned2015-07-17T04:49:05Z
dc.date.available2015-07-17T04:49:05Z
dc.identifier.issn0010-4140
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/14336
dc.description.abstractImplicit in theories of democratic elections is the idea of change—or at least the potential for change. Elections provide the opportunity for citizens to change their party preferences and thus alter the course of government. In addition, political parties can change their programmatic positions to attract new voters. Our research asks how much parties change their Left–Right positions between elections and what this tells us about parties’ strategic choices. We utilize data from the Comparative Study of Electoral Systems project and the Chapel Hill Expert Surveys. We demonstrate very high stability in parties’ Left–Right position over time. Furthermore, we find only modest evidence that parties change their Left–Right position in a conscious process of vote seeking.
dc.publisherSAGE Publications
dc.rights© The Author(s) 2014. http://www.sherpa.ac.uk/romeo/issn/0010-4140/..."Author's post-print on author's personal website, departmental website, institutional website or institutional repository" from SHERPA/RoMEO site (as at 20/07/15)
dc.sourceComparative Political Studies
dc.titleRandom walk or planned excursion? Continuity and change in the left-right positions of political parties
dc.typeJournal article
local.identifier.citationvolume48
dc.date.issued2015-04-07
local.identifier.absfor160601 - Australian Government and Politics
local.identifier.ariespublicationa383154xPUB2423
local.publisher.urlhttp://www.uk.sagepub.com/home.nav
local.type.statusAccepted Version
local.contributor.affiliationMcAllister, I., Research School of Social Sciences, The Australian National University
local.bibliographicCitation.issue6
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage759
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage787
local.identifier.doi10.1177/0010414014558257
local.identifier.absseo940201 - Civics and Citizenship
dc.date.updated2015-12-11T07:25:20Z
local.identifier.scopusID2-s2.0-84926478788
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