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Communicating Preferences: The Public Policy Space

Michael D. McDonald and Ian Budge

in Elections, Parties, Democracy

Published in print October 2005 | ISBN: 9780199286720
Published online February 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780191603327 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199286728.003.0003

Series: Comparative Politics

Communicating Preferences: The Public Policy Space

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For democracy to work, politicians and electors have to see the world in the same party–related terms. Evidence is cited from both surveys and party programmes to show this must be the Left–Right dimension. However, issues get squeezed into this only during and round about elections. In inter–election periods, ministerial and procedural structures may well divide political issues up into separable domains, raising the possibility that different parliamentary medians exist, depending on the subject under discussion. This possibility has to be built into our research design.

Keywords: preferences; policy space; public policy; communication; electors; politicians; Left–Right; median voter; parliamentary medians

Chapter.  7027 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Comparative Politics

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