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Party support in multi-level elections: the influence of economic perceptions and vertical congruence

Toubeau, Simon; Wagner, Markus

Authors

Markus Wagner markus.wagner@univie.ac.at



Abstract

© 2018 Elsevier Ltd How does the economy influence party support in multi-level states? Using regional-level survey data from Canada, Germany and Spain, we show that there is a ‘cross-level’ effect of economic evaluations. Citizens thus take into consideration both the regional and the national economy when determining their support for incumbents at either level. However, the way in which they do so depends on whether the same party is in office at the two levels or not. If so, standard reward-punishment patterns apply. If different parties are in office at the two levels, incumbents at one level are rewarded for bad and punished for good economic outcomes at the other level. Overall, the influence of cross-level economic perceptions is about half as large as that of same-level economic perceptions. Our findings have important normative implications for the signalling function of elections.

Citation

Toubeau, S., & Wagner, M. (2018). Party support in multi-level elections: the influence of economic perceptions and vertical congruence. Electoral Studies, 54, 22-34. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.electstud.2018.04.019

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Apr 26, 2018
Online Publication Date May 4, 2018
Publication Date 2018-08
Deposit Date Jul 5, 2018
Publicly Available Date Nov 5, 2019
Journal Electoral Studies
Print ISSN 0261-3794
Electronic ISSN 0261-3794
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 54
Pages 22-34
DOI https://doi.org/10.1016/j.electstud.2018.04.019
Keywords economic voting, accountability, responsibility attribution, federalism, partisan congruence
Public URL http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/52783
Publisher URL https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0261379418300878?via%3Dihub
Copyright Statement Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0

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