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Electoral Choice and the 2001 Campaign

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/019924488X.003.0005
 Electoral Choice and the 2001 Campaign

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Considers the impact of the 2001 election campaign. Contrary to what is commonly assumed about the function of election campaigns, data from the 2001 BES rolling campaign panel survey show that the 2001 campaign did little to mobilize political interest or partisanship. However, the local campaigns, conducted by party activists, contributed significantly to turnout and party choice. Analyses also indicate that tactical voting typically did not occur spontaneously but, rather, was driven by Liberal Democrat grassroots campaigning. More generally, campaigning by all of the major parties affected the vote shares that they received.

Keywords: campaigns; expenditures; mobilization; tactical voting; turnout

Chapter.  14172 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: UK Politics

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