Peer reviewed articles

Electoral Volatility and Parties’ Ideological Responsiveness

Abstract For a number of decades now, scholars have been indicating that ties between citizens and parties are eroding. As a consequence, electoral behavior has become more volatile and also more unpredictable. The consequences of this process of change on parties’ strategic behavior have however received little attention. In this paper, I examine the impact […] Read more

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Partisanship and Political Sophistication During and Outside of Election Times

Abstract In many established democracies, partisan attachments play a central role in guiding citizens’ attitudes as well as their political behaviour. Most importantly, partisanship has an effect on what party citizens vote for on Election Day. In general, highly politically sophisticated citizens are more likely to identify with a party compared to the less politically […] Read more

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Age, Period and Cohort Effects in the Decline of Party Identification in Germany

Abstract Party identification traditionally is seen as an important linkage mechanism, connecting voters to the party system. Previous analyses have suggested that the level of party identity is in decline in Germany, and this article first expands previous observations with more recent data. These suggest that the erosion of party identity continues up to the […] Read more