On the issues surrounding economic voting: Looking to the British Case for Answers

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Abstract

This is an analysis of the effects of economic factors on voting behavior in the United Kingdom. Aggregate- and individual-level data are used. When the results are compared to findings generated by the United States case, some intriguing differences appear. To mention just two examples, unemployment and inflation seem to be much more important in the United Kingdom than in the United States, and changes in real per capita income are positively related to election results in the United States and negatively related in the United Kingdom. More generally, while the aggregate results are strong and the individual-level results weak in the United States, in the United Kingdom the situation is practically reversed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3-33
Number of pages31
JournalComparative Political Studies
Volume20
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 1987

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  • Sociology and Political Science

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