Type
Article
Title
The Compleat Economic Voter: New Theory and British Evidence
In
British Journal of Political Science
Author(s)
LEWIS-BECK Michael - Department of Political Science (University of Iowa, The University of North Carolina)) (Author)
NADEAU Richard - (Author)
FOUCAULT Martial - Centre de recherches politiques de Sciences Po (Author)
Editor
GB : Cambridge University Press
Volume
43
Number
2
Pages
241 - 261 p.
ISSN
00071234
Abstract
EN
Almost all the prolific work done on economic voting has been based on the classic reward–punishment model, which treats the economy as a valence issue. The economy is a valence issue, but it is much more than that. This article explores two other dimensions of economic voting – position and patrimony. Investigating a 2010 British survey containing relevant measures on these three dimensions, the authors estimate their impact on vote intention, using a carefully specified system of equations. According to the evidence reported, each dimension of economic voting has its own independent effect. Moreover, together, they reveal a ‘compleat’ economic voter, who wields considerable power over electoral choice in Britain. This new result confirms and extends recent work on American and French elections.

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