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Harmony and dissonance: Unveiling issue linkages between voters and parties across EU democracies

Popp, Raluca (2024) Harmony and dissonance: Unveiling issue linkages between voters and parties across EU democracies. Party Politics, . ISSN 1354-0688. E-ISSN 1460-3683. (doi:10.1177/13540688231221650) (KAR id:104697)


This research delves into the abundant landscape of party positioning data, highlighting a scarcity of interconnected voter and party positioning sources. Leveraging Voting Advice Applications (VAAs), this study explores congruence from a comparative standpoint, capturing political preferences on the same scale and timeframe. Analysing data from two pan European VAAs, EU Profiler and euandi, congruence is evaluated based on voter’s alignment with their preferred party across three issue dimensions. Findings underscore varying linkage strengths, particularly evident in a narrower representation on cultural and gender issues compared to economic ones. The study underscores the advantages of VAA data, urging a shift beyond the left-right continuum for a comprehensive understanding of party-voter congruence in a dynamic political landscape.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1177/13540688231221650
Uncontrolled keywords: voting advice applications; issue congruence; voters; European parliament; issue dimensions
Subjects: J Political Science
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Human and Social Sciences > School of Politics and International Relations
Funders: University of Kent (
Depositing User: Raluca Popp
Date Deposited: 22 Jan 2024 11:30 UTC
Last Modified: 31 Jan 2024 14:45 UTC
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