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"Changing policies but keeping voters? British parties, the British public and the EU"

Flickinger, Richard and Rhine, Staci and Bennett, Stephen. (2001) "Changing policies but keeping voters? British parties, the British public and the EU". In: UNSPECIFIED, Madison, Wisconsin. (Unpublished)

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    Abstract

    The paper examines the connections between changes in party positions and changes in views of the EU within the British electorate since 1983. We explore whether voters take their cues from party elites or form their opinions independently form party identification. Our findings are only suggestive. But we find evidence for both forms of opinion identification. The 1980s witnessed a sharp increase in support for closer EU ties among Labour supporters following such a shift among the leadership. We see similar, although less dramatic, changes among Conservatives in the 1990s. As the Conservative leadership became more skeptical of EU membership, a similar shift is noted among the supporters. Yet we also find new supporters of the Labour Party who had warmer attitudes toward the EC before they became the Labour identifiers in the 1990s. Thus our results are mixed, but we find more evidence for elite persuasion.

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    Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
    Subjects for non-EU documents: Countries > U.K.
    EU policies and themes > Policies & related activities > political affairs > European elections/voting behavior
    EU policies and themes > Policies & related activities > political affairs > political parties
    EU policies and themes > EU institutions & developments > institutional development/policy > historical development of EC (pre-1986)
    Subjects for EU documents: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Series: UNSPECIFIED
    ["eprint_fieldname_eusries" not defined]: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Annual Reports: UNSPECIFIED
    Conference: European Union Studies Association (EUSA) > Biennial Conference > 2001 (7th), May 31-June 2, 2001
    Depositing User: Phil Wilkin
    Official EU Document: No
    Language: English
    Date Deposited: 28 Apr 2006
    Page Range: p. 25
    Last Modified: 15 Feb 2011 17:21
    URI: http://aei.pitt.edu/id/eprint/2084

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