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Voting when the economy goes bad, everyone is in charge, and no one is to blame: the case of the 2009 German election

Anderson, Christopher J. and Hecht, Jason D. (2012) Voting when the economy goes bad, everyone is in charge, and no one is to blame: the case of the 2009 German election. Electoral Studies, 31 (1). 5 - 19. ISSN 0261-3794

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Identification Number: 10.1016/j.electstud.2011.06.003

Abstract

The economy was a major issue in Germany's 2009 election. The global economic crisis did not spare Germany, whose economy is tightly integrated into the global economy. So when the German economy experienced a historical shock, did voters connect their views of the economy with their vote choice? Or did they, as some research has suggested, recognize Germany's dependence on global markets and cut the government slack, especially when the government consists of the country's two major parties? Using pre- and post-election panel surveys from the German Longitudinal Election Study (GLES), we investigate the weight that voters gave to the economy, relative to other considerations, when casting their ballot and whether governing parties were disproportionately judged based on the state of the economy.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: https://www.sciencedirect.com/journal/electoral-st...
Additional Information: © 2011 Elsevier Ltd
Divisions: European Institute
Subjects: J Political Science > JF Political institutions (General)
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe)
H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Date Deposited: 12 Nov 2019 12:24
Last Modified: 20 Nov 2019 12:48
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/102496

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