Left-authoritarians and policy representation in Western Europe : electoral choice across ideological dimensions
Title: Left-authoritarians and policy representation in Western Europe : electoral choice across ideological dimensions
Citation: West European Politics, 2013, Vol. 37, No.1, pp. 65-90
ISSN: 0140-2382; 1743-9655
Citizens can face a difficult electoral decision when no party even broadly represents their views. In Western Europe, this applies to those citizens with left-wing preferences on economic issues and traditional/authoritarian preferences on socio-cultural issues. There are many voters with such ‘left-authoritarian’ views, but few parties. Hence, the former often have to choose between parties that only match their views on one of these two ideological dimensions. This study shows that whether these citizens privilege economic or socio-cultural congruence in their electoral preferences depends on the issues they are concerned about. In general, it is found that left-authoritarians privilege economic concerns and therefore prefer parties that are left-liberal. These findings have implications for our general understanding of electoral choice and of changing patterns of political competition in Western Europe.
Published online: 24 Sep 2013.
Type of Access: openAccess
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