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Leader Change, Time in Office and the Determinants of Voter Perceptions

Bridgewater, Jack (2021) Leader Change, Time in Office and the Determinants of Voter Perceptions. Parliamentary Affairs, 76 (1). pp. 146-161. ISSN 1460-2482. (doi:10.1093/pa/gsab040) (KAR id:99366)

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There is a significant literature on the role of both parties and leaders in electoral politics and a broad understanding of the strength of the relationship between the two in voters’ minds. However, less has been done to determine if there is systematic variation in whether voters see a party and its leader as one and the same. I address this question by using the Comparative Study of Electoral System to measure the impact of leader changes on voter perceptions. I find that new leaders are less likely to be evaluated according to the party they represent, with some evidence that maintaining the same leader over a long period of time increases the association between leader and party.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1093/pa/gsab040
Uncontrolled keywords: Comparative Study of Electoral Systems (CSES), Leader Evaluations, Party Organisation, Political Parties, Presidentialisation, Voter Perceptions
Subjects: J Political Science
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Human and Social Sciences > School of Politics and International Relations
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Date Deposited: 20 Jan 2023 15:26 UTC
Last Modified: 23 Jan 2023 10:08 UTC
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