Chapter

Fluctuating Political Forces

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/10.1093/0199286728.003.0011

Series: Comparative Politics

Fluctuating Political Forces

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Political variables (median voter and median parliamentary, government and ministry positions) change more radically and more quickly than policy outputs. This accounts for the lack of relationships previous studies have failed to find as we did, too, in chapters 8 and 9, between political changes and policy. However, political forces oscillate round stable equilibrium positions, which show a strong relationship to the policy regimes’ equilibria previously uncovered. In the long term, the responsiveness of the median parliamentary position to the median voter position is high, as is government position to MPP, and ministries to government position.

Keywords: political fluctuations; median voter; MPP; governments; ministries; short term fluctuation; long term equilibria; responsiveness

Chapter.  9171 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Comparative Politics

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