Individual and Contextual Variation in EU issue Voting: the Role of Political Information
Title: Individual and Contextual Variation in EU issue Voting: the Role of Political Information
Citation: Electoral Studies, 2011, 30, 1, 16-28, Special Symposium on Electoral Democracy in the European Union
Series/Number: [EUDO Public Opinion Observatory]
Increasing politicization in EU member states about European issues can be expected to strengthen the impact of attitudes towards Europe on vote choice in European Parliament (EP) elections. At the same time this impact is likely to vary between voters and contexts as a function of political information. This study explores the role of political information in explaining individual and contextual heterogeneity in the degree of EU issue voting. Using a two-step hierarchical estimation procedure to explore both individual and contextual variation, we show that while EU issue voting in the 2009 EP elections is only slightly more pronounced among the politically sophisticated, it is clearly more extensive in contexts that provide higher levels of political information on European matters.
Table of Contents:
1. Introduction 2. Explaning EP vote choice: the second-order model & the EU issue voting model 3. Individual and contextual heterogeneity in EU issue voting 4. Data, methods and operationalizations 5. Empirical results 6. Conclusion Acknowledgements Appe
Publication based on research carried out in the framework of the European Union Democracy Observatory (EUDO) of the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, European University Institute.; The journal issue has been produced in the framework of the PIREDEU Project, one of the projects carried out by the EUDO Public Opinion Observatory.
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