Left–Right Orientations and Party Choice

Cees van der Eijk, Hermann Schmitt and Tanja Binder

in The European Voter

Published in print July 2005 | ISBN: 9780199273218
Published online October 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780191602962 | DOI:

Series: Comparative Politics

Left–Right Orientations and Party Choice

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Just like in the case of value orientations, one might expect a gradual decrease of the power of left-right orientations to explain party choice. However, no such monotonic decline can be observed. Voters’ left/right positions still are strongly related to party choice, but the strength of this association varies between countries and over time, without any particular kind of clearly discernable trend. The over-time variation in this association is strongly correlated with the degree of party polarization on the left/right continuum.

Keywords: left-right orientation; electoral cohorts; smallest distance theory; directional theory

Chapter.  10146 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Comparative Politics

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