The ability of parties to not only reflect, but actually shape, citizens' preferences on policy issues has been long debated, as it corresponds to a fundamental prediction of classic party identification theory. While most research draws on data from the United States or studies of low-salience issues, we exploit the unique opportunity presented by the 2013 Italian election, with the four major parties of a clear multiparty setting holding distinct positions on crucial issues of the campaign. Based on an experimental design, we test the impact of party cues on citizens' preferences on high-salience issues. The results are surprising: Despite a party system in flux (with relevant new parties) and a weakening of traditional party identities, we find large, significant partisan-cueing effects in all the three experimental issues, and for voters of all the major Italian parties-both old and new, governmental and opposition, ideologically clear or ambiguous.

"Where You Lead, I Will Follow": Partisan Cueing on High-Salience Issues in a Turbulent Multiparty System / Brader, T; De Sio, L; Paparo, A; Tucker, JA. - In: POLITICAL PSYCHOLOGY. - ISSN 0162-895X. - STAMPA. - 41:(2020), pp. 795-812. [10.1111/pops.12651]

"Where You Lead, I Will Follow": Partisan Cueing on High-Salience Issues in a Turbulent Multiparty System

De Sio, L;Paparo, A
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2020

Abstract

The ability of parties to not only reflect, but actually shape, citizens' preferences on policy issues has been long debated, as it corresponds to a fundamental prediction of classic party identification theory. While most research draws on data from the United States or studies of low-salience issues, we exploit the unique opportunity presented by the 2013 Italian election, with the four major parties of a clear multiparty setting holding distinct positions on crucial issues of the campaign. Based on an experimental design, we test the impact of party cues on citizens' preferences on high-salience issues. The results are surprising: Despite a party system in flux (with relevant new parties) and a weakening of traditional party identities, we find large, significant partisan-cueing effects in all the three experimental issues, and for voters of all the major Italian parties-both old and new, governmental and opposition, ideologically clear or ambiguous.
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