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“When Parties Matter: The Conditional Influence of Party Positions on Voter Opinions about European Integration”

Ray, Leonard. (1999) “When Parties Matter: The Conditional Influence of Party Positions on Voter Opinions about European Integration”. In: UNSPECIFIED, Pittsburgh, PA. (Unpublished)

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    Abstract

    The literature on public support for European integration often suggests that political elites play an important role shaping public attitudes towards the European Union. However, empirical findings reveal an inconsistent pattern of political effects with partisan variables predicting individual opinion in some contexts, but not in others. This paper explains temporal, national, and partisan variations in the strength of the party/voter connection. Characteristics of the national political context, as well as characteristics of individual parties are found to condition the influence of political parties on mass opinion. Unified parties send clearer cues to their voters. However, a cross party consensus on the issue of integration mutes the effectiveness of party cues, as does broad agreement at the mass level.

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    Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
    Subjects for non-EU documents: EU policies and themes > Policies & related activities > political affairs > European elections/voting behavior
    EU policies and themes > Policies & related activities > political affairs > political parties
    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 > 1999 (6th), June 2-5, 1999
    Depositing User: Phil Wilkin
    Official EU Document: No
    Language: English
    Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2006
    Page Range: p. 25
    Last Modified: 15 Feb 2011 17:22
    URI: http://aei.pitt.edu/id/eprint/2369

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