Devolution: Making Electoral Moves Credible

Sonia Alonso

in Challenging the State: Devolution and the Battle for Partisan Credibility

Published in print April 2012 | ISBN: 9780199691579
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191741234 | DOI:

Series: Comparative Politics

Devolution: Making Electoral Moves Credible

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This chapter looks into the electoral moves of the main left-wing and right-wing state parties in Belgium, Italy, Spain, and the UK during the period of emergence and growth of peripheral party challengers, before the first devolution reform had taken place. First, the chapter shows how widespread the pro-periphery convergence move was among threatened state parties; and how effective this tactic was in bringing down the vote shares of peripheral parties. Second, the chapter explains the first devolution reform as an attempt to make pro-periphery convergence moves more credible and, therefore, more effective in making life difficult for peripheral parties.

Keywords: devolution reform; pro-periphery convergence; credibility; electoral moves; issue saliency; issue position; Belgium; Italy; Spain; United Kingdom

Chapter.  12653 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Comparative Politics

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