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Left-wing parties in Western Europe gain votes when unemployment rises, but only when they are in opposition.

Dassonneville, Ruth and Lewis-Beck, Michael S. (2013) Left-wing parties in Western Europe gain votes when unemployment rises, but only when they are in opposition. LSE European Politics and Policy (EUROPP) Blog (05 Sep 2013). Blog Entry.

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Abstract

How does a rise in unemployment affect support for left-wing parties? As Ruth Dassonneville and Michael S. Lewis-Beck write, left-wing parties might be expected to gain support during periods of rising unemployment as they effectively ‘own’ the issue in the eyes of the electorate. However, this effect may be complicated when left-wing parties are in government, as incumbent parties tend to be blamed for a struggling economy. Outlining the results of a study on West European elections, they find that left-wing parties do seem to benefit from a rise in unemployment, but this effect decreases significantly depending on the extent to which they are involved in government.

Item Type: Online resource (Blog Entry)
Official URL: http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/europpblog/
Additional Information: © 2013 The Author(s); Online
Divisions: LSE
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
J Political Science > JC Political theory
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe)
J Political Science > JZ International relations
Sets: Collections > LSE European Politics and Policy (EUROPP) Blog
Date Deposited: 04 Apr 2017 14:18
Last Modified: 28 Jul 2019 23:37
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/72419

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