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Can a new leader change a party’s fortunes? How leadership changes affect voter perceptions about party policy

Somer-Topcu, Zeynep (2016) Can a new leader change a party’s fortunes? How leadership changes affect voter perceptions about party policy. LSE European Politics and Policy (EUROPP) Blog (19 Sep 2016). Blog Entry.

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Abstract

Political parties regularly change their leadership following a disappointing election result, but how can parties be sure that a new leader will change how voters think about their policy positions? Drawing on a study of party leadership changes in seven European countries, Zeynep Somer-Topcu writes that leadership changes tend to increase the level of agreement among voters about what a party stands for, but that this effect is most pronounced when there is a clear change in policy following the new leader taking power.

Item Type: Online resource (Blog Entry)
Official URL: http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/europpblog/
Additional Information: © 2016 The Author(s); Online
Divisions: LSE
Subjects: J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe)
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe) > JN101 Great Britain
J Political Science > JS Local government Municipal government
Sets: Collections > LSE European Politics and Policy (EUROPP) Blog
Date Deposited: 22 Mar 2017 13:14
Last Modified: 30 Mar 2019 00:17
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/70242

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