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The impact of economic assets on party choice in Australia

Hellwig, Timothy; McAllister, Ian

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While there is general agreement that economic voting matters, there is less agreement on how to measure it. This paper examines the most recent conceptualization of economic voting: the ownership of economic assets or “patrimonial” voting. Using the 2016 Australian Election Study survey, we show that property ownership and, especially, share ownership were significant influences on party choice. By contrast, ownership of an investment property or a personal superannuation fund had no...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorHellwig, Timothy
dc.contributor.authorMcAllister, Ian
dc.date.accessioned2019-04-21T12:01:07Z
dc.identifier.issn1745-7289
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/160586
dc.description.abstractWhile there is general agreement that economic voting matters, there is less agreement on how to measure it. This paper examines the most recent conceptualization of economic voting: the ownership of economic assets or “patrimonial” voting. Using the 2016 Australian Election Study survey, we show that property ownership and, especially, share ownership were significant influences on party choice. By contrast, ownership of an investment property or a personal superannuation fund had no significant effect on the vote. We explain this finding through the specific policies that the parties advanced in the 2016 campaign. While Labor parted ways from the Coalition by proposing radical changes to the tax treatment of investment properties but with no retrospectivity, the parties had similar positions on the tax treatment of superannuation. The findings emphasize how party policies can shape the electoral significance of asset ownership.
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdf
dc.language.isoen_AU
dc.publisherRoutledge, Taylor & Francis Group
dc.sourceJournal of Elections, Public Opinion and Parties
dc.titleThe impact of economic assets on party choice in Australia
dc.typeJournal article
local.description.notesImported from ARIES
local.identifier.citationvolume28
dc.date.issued2018
local.identifier.absfor160601 - Australian Government and Politics
local.identifier.ariespublicationu4485658xPUB2359
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.contributor.affiliationHellwig, Timothy, Indiana University
local.contributor.affiliationMcAllister, Ian, College of Arts and Social Sciences, ANU
local.description.embargo2040-01-01
local.bibliographicCitation.issue4
local.identifier.doi10.1080/17457289.2017.1408632
local.identifier.absseo940202 - Electoral Systems
dc.date.updated2019-03-12T07:34:09Z
local.identifier.thomsonID000445584500006
dc.provenanceJournal: Journal of Elections, Public Opinion and Parties (ISSN: 1745-7289, ESSN: 1745-7297) RoMEO: This is a RoMEO green journal Paid OA: A paid open access option is available for this journal. Author's Pre-print: green tick author can archive pre-print (ie pre-refereeing) Author's Post-print: green tick author can archive post-print (ie final draft post-refereeing) Publisher's Version/PDF: cross author cannot archive publisher's version/PDF
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