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Incumbent and challenger campaign spending effects in proportional electoral systems: the Irish elections of 2002

Benoit, Kenneth and Marsh, Michael (2010) Incumbent and challenger campaign spending effects in proportional electoral systems: the Irish elections of 2002. Political Research Quarterly, 63 (1). pp. 159-173. ISSN 1065-9129

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Identification Number: 10.1177/1065912908325081

Abstract

Positive effects of campaign spending on electoral outcomes have been found in several comparative, multiparty contexts, but very few of these systems use proportional representation. The few studies examining spending effects in multiparty elections have found that incumbent spending is no less effective than challenger spending, contrary to the vast bulk of empirical literature drawn from single-member district contexts. This study reexamines incumbent—challenger differences in spending effects under the single transferable vote. Examining the Irish general elections of 2002, the authors find a positive and statistically significant relationship between spending and votes. Candidates that spend more win more votes, and outspending one’s rivals means winning more of the vote share. Spending more also directly increases a candidate’s chance of winning a seat. Finally, incumbent spending is considerably less effective than spending by challengers from other parties but no less effective than spending by challengers from a candidate’s own party.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://prq.sagepub.com/
Additional Information: © 2010 University of Utah
Divisions: Methodology
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Sets: Departments > Methodology
Date Deposited: 30 Jan 2013 11:47
Last Modified: 20 Apr 2019 00:47
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/48141

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