Spatial Voting Meets Spatial Policy Positions: An Experimental Appraisal

22 Pages Posted: 11 Jul 2019

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Tanja Artiga González

VU University Amsterdam

Georg D. Granic

Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) - Department of Applied Economics

Date Written: July 10, 2019

Abstract

We develop and validate a novel experimental design that builds a bridge between experimental research on the theory of spatial voting and the literature on measuring policy positions from text. Our design utilizes established text-scaling techniques and their corresponding coding schemes to communicate candidates’ numerical policy positions via verbal policy statements. This design allows researchers to investigate the relationship between candidates’ policy stances and voter choice in a purely text-based context. We validate our approach with an online survey experiment. Our results generalize previous findings in the literature and show that proximity considerations are empirically prevalent in purely text-based issue framing scenarios. The design we develop is broad and portable, and we discuss how it adds to current experimental designs, as well as suggest several implications and possible routes for future research.

Keywords: Spatial Voting, Spatial Policy Positions, Manifesto Project, Proximity Voting

Suggested Citation

Artiga Gonzalez, Tanja and Granic, Georg, Spatial Voting Meets Spatial Policy Positions: An Experimental Appraisal (July 10, 2019). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3417629 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3417629

Tanja Artiga Gonzalez

VU University Amsterdam ( email )

De Boelelaan 1105
Amsterdam, North Holland 1081 HV
Netherlands

Georg Granic (Contact Author)

Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) - Department of Applied Economics ( email )

Netherlands

HOME PAGE: http://https://www.eur.nl/en/ese/people/georg-granic

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