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Title: Show me your friends: a survey experiment on the effect of coalition signals
Author: Muñoz Mendoza, Jordi
Falcó Gimeno, Albert
Keywords: Coalicions
Partits polítics
Political parties
Issue Date: 29-Aug-2017
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Abstract: Recent studies of coalition-directed voting suggest that what political parties say during a campaign can influence voter perceptions of the likelihood of certain coalitions and that this, in turn, may foster strategic voting in multiparty systems. Here, we expand this argument, and show that pre-election coalition signals also have the potential to influence voter perceptions of the parties themselves. By revealing their coalition preferences, parties provide information on where they stand on the political continuum. We test our argument using a survey experiment run during a regional election campaign in Spain in which we manipulated the coalition signals emitted by two parties: one, a traditional, social-democratic party and, the second, a new, liberal party. Results show how coalition signals can significantly influence the party's position and, ultimately, affect voters' stated probability of voting, especially in the case of the recently founded party.
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It is part of: Journal of Politics, 2017, vol. 79, num. 4, p. 1454-1459
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ISSN: 0022-3816
Appears in Collections:Articles publicats en revistes (Ciència Política, Dret Constitucional i Filosofia del Dret)

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