Re-testing the Second-Order Model of European Parliamentary Elections

30 Pages Posted: 13 Aug 2009 Last revised: 15 Oct 2009

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Jonathan Polk

University of Georgia

Ryan Bakker

University of Georgia

Date Written: 2009

Abstract

Since direct elections to the European Parliament (EP) began in 1979 a number of fundamental questions concerning these events have been discussed and debated. Is vote choice primarily determined by questions of European integration or by domestic political considerations? What explains the relatively poor performance of larger parties and those that govern domestically at the time of the election? Do European voters cast their ballots sincerely or strategically at EP elections? What explains the decision of a voter to choose a different party in European elections than the voter chose in the national contest? Are those that choose to participate in European elections substantively different from those that don’t? After thirty years of European Parliament elections, these central questions still animate much research on voting in Europe.

Suggested Citation

Polk, Jonathan and Bakker, Ryan, Re-testing the Second-Order Model of European Parliamentary Elections (2009). APSA 2009 Toronto Meeting Paper, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1451266

Jonathan Polk (Contact Author)

University of Georgia ( email )

Athens, GA 30602-6254
United States

Ryan Bakker

University of Georgia ( email )

Athens, GA 30602-6254
United States

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