Ideology and party choice: do party system and regime properties make a difference?

Konstantinos Gemenis, Roula Nezi

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    Much recent work has focused on value or ideological orientations in order to explain party choice (van der Eijk et al. 2005). Among the indicators used, the left-right (L-R) scale, widely considered as a shorthand device encompassing the most salient political attitudes (Mair 2007), has been the most prominent. However, it has been argued that the content and the meaning of the L-R scale varies across countries and time (Aarts & Thomassen 2008, Benoit & Laver 2006, Huber & Inglehart 1995). We take such findings as our departure point and examine the extent to which properties of party systems (such as polarization and fragmentation) and regimes (such as competitiveness and regulation of participation) relate to the explanatory power of L-R ideology on party choice. To examine this, we use data from the CSES modules, Polity IV and indices calculated from election results.
    Original languageEnglish
    Publication statusPublished - 8 Jul 2012
    EventInternational Political Science Association World Congress: International Political Science Association World Congress, July 8-12, 2012, Madrid, Spain - Madrid, Spain
    Duration: 8 Jul 201212 Jul 2012


    ConferenceInternational Political Science Association World Congress
    CityMadrid, Spain


    • METIS-291133
    • IR-82727


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