Party Support in Britain, 1964–2001

Harold D. Clarke, David Sanders, Marianne C. Stewart and Paul Whiteley

in Political Choice in Britain

Published in print March 2004 | ISBN: 9780199244881
Published online November 2004 | e-ISBN: 9780191601521 | DOI:
 Party Support in Britain, 1964–2001

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Assesses the extent to which the sociological, Downsian, and valence perspectives explain patterns of party support in the UK between 1964 and 2001. Analyses of BES data show that leader images and partisanship consistently have the largest effects on voting while issue proximities and social location are significant but less important. With the exception of the declining role of social class, the relative importance of the various signature variables associated with the sociological and individual rationality frameworks has remained quite constant from the mid-1960s onwards. This conclusion is reinforced by individual-level analyses of monthly Gallup Poll data gathered between 1992 and 2001.

Keywords: Gallup Poll; issue proximities; leaders; partisanship; social class

Chapter.  15370 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: UK Politics

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