Title: Staying with the Party, Switching or Exiting? A Comparative Analysis of Determinants of Party Switching and Abstaining
Authors: Dassonneville, Ruth ×
Blais, Andre
Dejaeghere, Yves #
Issue Date: 2015
Publisher: Routledge
Series Title: Journal of Elections, Public Opinion and Parties vol:25 issue:3 pages:387-405
Abstract: A large body of literature has investigated the factors that lead to abstention on the one hand or vote volatility on the other hand. We argue in this paper that the most fruitful approach is to simultaneously consider the exit, voice, and loyalty options. The analyses are based on data from the CSES and cover a broad set of advanced democracies. We demonstrate that while party switchers and abstainers have a lot in common, switching parties can be considered a more positive choice. Most importantly, contrary to what previous research suggested and in contrast to abstainers, party switchers cannot be characterized as frustrated with politics. Furthermore, the supply side does to a certain extent affect whether voters choose to remain loyal, switch parties, or abstain from voting.
ISSN: 1745-7289
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Centre for Political Research
Leuven International and European Studies (LINES)
× corresponding author
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