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Voters frequently misjudge the positions of parties in European Parliament elections on the basis of non-political factors

Grand, Peter and Tiemann, Gudio (2014) Voters frequently misjudge the positions of parties in European Parliament elections on the basis of non-political factors. LSE European Politics and Policy (EUROPP) Blog (09 May 2014). Website.

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Abstract

Voters are generally assumed to support parties in elections on the basis of their policy positions, but what factors affect how accurately voters can judge these positions? Peter Grand and Guido Tiemann assess the influence of so called ‘projection effects’ in European Parliament elections, whereby voters who like a particular party for non-political reasons are more likely to assume that the party is closer to their political views than may be the case in reality (and vice versa). Using data from the 2009 European Parliament elections, they illustrate that this phenomenon can play a significant role in voters’ judgement of parties.

Item Type: Online resource (Website)
Official URL: http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/europpblog/
Additional Information: © 2014 The Author(s); Online
Divisions: LSE
Subjects: J Political Science > JC Political theory
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe)
Sets: Collections > LSE European Politics and Policy (EUROPP) Blog
Date Deposited: 31 Mar 2017 15:24
Last Modified: 03 Jun 2020 23:19
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/71976

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