Aggregate Party Identification in Germany: The Effects of Consumer Confidence and Government Approval

34 Pages Posted: 17 Jul 2012

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Adriaan Luyten

KU Leuven - Faculty of Business and Economics (FBE)

Christophe Crombez

Stanford University - Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies; KU Leuven - Faculty of Business and Economics (FEB)

Date Written: December 17, 2011

Abstract

Partisanship has been the object of extensive scholarly attention. Because individual partisanship seemed relatively stable and insensitive to short term forces, aggregate partisanship was long thought to display no meaningful variation. This view was challenged by MacKuen et al. (1989), who found that aggregate partisanship in the United States is affected by consumer con…fidence and presidential approval. This paper studies aggregate party identi…fication in Germany, and how it has evolved in the past thirty years. Speci…fically, we analyze the impact of consumer confi…dence and government approval on party identi…fication. We conclude that rises in consumer con…fidence and government approval do indeed lead to increases in identi…fication with the main governing parties.

Suggested Citation

Luyten, Adriaan and Crombez, Christophe, Aggregate Party Identification in Germany: The Effects of Consumer Confidence and Government Approval (December 17, 2011). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2109175 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2109175

Adriaan Luyten (Contact Author)

KU Leuven - Faculty of Business and Economics (FBE) ( email )

Naamsestraat 69
Leuven, B-3000
Belgium

Christophe Crombez

Stanford University - Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies ( email )

Stanford, CA 94305
United States

KU Leuven - Faculty of Business and Economics (FEB) ( email )

Naamsestraat 69
Leuven, B-3000
Belgium

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