Postmaterialisme en stemgedrag

Translated title of the contribution: Postmaterialism and voting

P.G.J. Hendriks Vettehen

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In this article we argue that - as contrasted with recent findings - postmaterialism plays an important role in voting behaviour. We show that during the period o f economic recession between 1977 and 1986 socio-economic left-right views tend to become a more accurate predictor o f voting behaviour than the socio-cultural libertarian-authoritarian views do. The ‘scarcety hypothesis’ very well explains this finding: one may speak o f a tendency toward materialistic voting as a consequence o f economic decline. However, we have to reject the ‘socialization hypothesis’ when adopting this explanation.
Translated title of the contributionPostmaterialism and voting
Original languageDutch
Pages (from-to)165
JournalMens en maatschappij
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1990
Externally publishedYes


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