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A comparative study of the effects of electoral institutions on campaigns

Sudulich, Laura; Trumm, Siim

Authors

Laura Sudulich L.Sudulich@kent.ac.uk

Siim Trumm siim.trumm@nottingham.ac.uk



Abstract

A long tradition of studies in political science has unveiled the effects of electoral institutions on party systems and parliamentary representation. Yet, their effects on campaign activities remain overlooked. Research in this tradition still lacks a strong comparative element able to explore the nuanced role that electoral institutions play in shaping individual-level campaigns during first-order parliamentary elections. We use data from a variety of national candidate studies to address this lacuna, showing that the electoral mobilisation efforts put in place by candidates are affected by the structure of the electoral institutions. Candidate-centred electoral systems propel higher mobilisation efforts, in terms of both campaign intensity and complexity. Moreover, we find that candidate-centred electoral systems shift the campaign focus towards individuals more than parties. By directly addressing the effects of electoral institutions on campaign behaviour, our study contributes to the wider debate on their role in promoting political engagement and mobilisation. The implications of our results concern the effects of electoral institutions on political competition, indicating that the extent to which electoral institutions impact upon it go well beyond what has been shown to date.

Journal Article Type Article
Journal British Journal of Political Science
Print ISSN 0007-1234
Electronic ISSN 1469-2112
Publisher Cambridge University Press (CUP)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
APA6 Citation Sudulich, L., & Trumm, S. (in press). A comparative study of the effects of electoral institutions on campaigns. British Journal of Political Science, doi:10.1017/S0007123416000570
DOI https://doi.org/10.1017/S0007123416000570
Keywords Campaigns, Electoral Institutions, Voter Mobilisation, Candidate Studies
Publisher URL https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/british-journal-of-political-science/article/div-classtitlea-comparative-study-of-the-effects-of-electoral-institutions-on-campaignsdiv/063BDECEC5C40346728D07BEBD2927CE
Copyright Statement Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://eprints.nottingh.../end_user_agreement.pdf

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