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The micro-foundations of party competition and issue ownership: the reciprocal effects of citizens’ issue salience and party attachments

Neundorf, Anja; Adams, James

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Anja Neundorf

James Adams



Abstract

While previous research on the reciprocal effects of citizens’ issue attitudes and their party support emphasize citizens’ issue positions, political competition revolves equally around issue salience, i.e., debates over which issue areas political parties should prioritize. Using multi-wave panel survey da¬ta from Germany and Great Britain, we analyze the reciprocal effects of citizens’ issue salience and their party support, and we conclude that citizens’ issue priorities both influence and are influenced by their party attachments, and, moreover, that these effects are linked to parties’ long-term associa¬tive issue ownership. This effect is strongest among supporters of a small issue-orientated niche par¬ty, the German Greens.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Aug 7, 2015
Online Publication Date Apr 6, 2016
Publication Date Apr 6, 2016
Deposit Date Apr 29, 2016
Publicly Available Date Apr 29, 2016
Journal British Journal of Political Science
Print ISSN 0007-1234
Electronic ISSN 1469-2112
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 48
Issue 2
Pages 385-406
DOI https://doi.org/10.1017/S0007123415000642
Public URL https://nottingham-repository.worktribe.com/output/786275
Publisher URL https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/british-journal-of-political-science/article/microfoundations-of-party-competition-and-issue-ownership-the-reciprocal-effects-of-citizens-issue-salience-and-party-attachments/0D98E723FA09C26419D5A44715BC665B
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