The Micro-Foundation of Party Competition and Issue Ownership: The Reciprocal Effects of Citizens’ Issue Salience and Party Attachments

36 Pages Posted: 25 Aug 2014

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Anja Neundorf

University of Nottingham

James Adams

University of California, Davis

Date Written: 2014

Abstract

While previous research on the reciprocal effects of citizens’ issue attitudes and their party support emphasize citizens’ issue positions, political competition revolves equally around issue salience, i.e., debates over which issue areas political parties should prioritize. Using multi-wave panel data from Germany and Great Britain, we analyze the reciprocal effects of citizens’ issue salience and their par-ty support over the period 1984-2009, and we conclude that citizens’ issue priorities both influence and are influenced by their party attachments, and, moreover, that these effects are linked to parties’ long-term policy emphases as articulated in their election manifestos. This effect is strongest among supporters of a small issue-orientated niche party, the Greens.

Keywords: Issue ownership; issue salience; partisanship; panel data.

Suggested Citation

Neundorf, Anja and Adams, James, The Micro-Foundation of Party Competition and Issue Ownership: The Reciprocal Effects of Citizens’ Issue Salience and Party Attachments (2014). APSA 2014 Annual Meeting Paper. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2452019

Anja Neundorf (Contact Author)

University of Nottingham ( email )

University Campus
Nottingham, NG7 2RD
United Kingdom

James Adams

University of California, Davis ( email )

One Shields Avenue
Davis, CA 95616
United States

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