Parties, Candidates, and Campaigns

Jean Blondel, Richard Sinnott and Palle Svensson

in People and Parliament in the European Union

Published in print July 1998 | ISBN: 9780198293088
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191598814 | DOI:
 Parties, Candidates, and Campaigns

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Takes up the question of the perceptions of, and attitudes to, parties and candidates in European and national elections. Measures of party differentials and candidate differentials are presented, and the implications of the evidence for an assessment of the second‐order‐election model are examined. The chapter then deals with the citizens’ experience of the European Parliament election campaign of 1994, distinguishing between active and passive exposure to the campaign. The chapter concludes with an examination of the relationship between the variables considered and participation/abstention.

Keywords: abstention; campaign exposure; candidates; elections; European Parliament; participation; parties; party differential; second‐order election; turnout

Chapter.  8979 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Politics

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