Left-Authoritarians and Policy Representation in Western Europe: Electoral Choice across Ideological Dimensions

Autor(en)
Zoe Lefkofridi, Markus Wagner, Johanna Willmann
Abstrakt

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.

Organisation(en)
Institut für Staatswissenschaft
Journal
West European Politics
Band
37
Seiten
65-90
Anzahl der Seiten
85
ISSN
0140-2382
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1080/01402382.2013.818354
Publikationsdatum
09-2013
Peer-reviewed
Ja
ÖFOS 2012
506004 Europäische Integration
Link zum Portal
https://ucris.univie.ac.at/portal/de/publications/leftauthoritarians-and-policy-representation-in-western-europe-electoral-choice-across-ideological-dimensions(179f176f-8e0d-494b-96bc-b862936266ab).html