Abstract

http://ssrn.com/abstract=302330
 
 

References (107)



 
 

Citations (1)



 


 



A Decision Heuristic for Party Identification: New British and German Data and a New Understanding for a Classic Concept


Alan S. Zuckerman


Brown University - Department of Political Science

Malcolm Brynin


University of Essex

November 2001

DIW Discussion Paper No. 268

Abstract:     
The concept party identification lies at the heart of much research on political preferences and behavior in established democracies. Drawing on data obtained from the British Household Panel Survey (1991-99) and the German Socio-Economic Panel Survey (1984-1998), we offer a fresh approach to the concept. Party identification is a stance that people take towards the political parties. They apply a consistent rule -a decision heuristic -persistently returning to the same preference year after year or behaving haphazardly, moving with no clear pattern among the choices. Most take a definitively negative stance towards one of the parties and a positive stance towards the other major party. Of these, about half display behavior that reflects a psychological commitment and about half are as likely as not to pick that party when asked. For most people, party identification is neither a loyalty, as conceived by traditional understanding associated with the Michigan -nor a calculated choice -as offered by rational choice theory -but a way to situate oneself persistently in relation to the relatively distant objects of politics.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 44

Keywords: party identification, decision heuristic, panel surveys, British and German politics

JEL Classification: D72

working papers series





Download This Paper

Date posted: March 6, 2002  

Suggested Citation

Zuckerman, Alan S. and Brynin, Malcolm, A Decision Heuristic for Party Identification: New British and German Data and a New Understanding for a Classic Concept (November 2001). DIW Discussion Paper No. 268. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=302330 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.302330

Contact Information

Alan S. Zuckerman (Contact Author)
Brown University - Department of Political Science ( email )
Box 1844
Providence, RI 02912
United States
401-863-1576 (Phone)
Malcolm Brynin
University of Essex ( email )
Wivenhoe Park
Colchester, CO4 3SQ
United Kingdom
Feedback to SSRN


Paper statistics
Abstract Views: 489
Downloads: 60
Download Rank: 216,854
References:  107
Citations:  1

© 2014 Social Science Electronic Publishing, Inc. All Rights Reserved.  FAQ   Terms of Use   Privacy Policy   Copyright   Contact Us
This page was processed by apollo4 in 0.312 seconds