Policy-specific alienation and indifference in the calculus of voting : a simultaneous model of party choice and abstention

Thurner, Paul W. ; Eymann, Angelika

URL: http://www.mzes.uni-mannheim.de/publications/wp/wp...
Document Type: Working paper
Year of publication: 1997
The title of a journal, publication series: Arbeitspapiere / Mannheimer Zentrum für Europäische Sozialforschung, Arbeitsbereich 2
Volume: 18
Place of publication: Mannheim
Publishing house: MZES
ISSN: 0948-0080
Publication language: English
Institution: Außerfakultäre Einrichtungen > Mannheim Centre for European Social Research - Research Department II (until 2/1999)
Subject: 320 Political science
Abstract: This article aims to combine the spatial models of candidate/party choice and abstention/participation choice in a single decision model and to provide empirical reaction functions. The starting point of this study is the hypothesis of a sequential ordering of candidate choice and participation choice (Riker/Ordeshook, 1973), which has never been discussed in detail in the literature on economic theory of voting. First, the general features of hierarchical multi-stage decision making are discussed. Then an operational model for party choice and abstention choice is presented. The proposed model is more complete than previous theoretical and empirical studies since 1) it simultaneously considers the choice of n>2 parties and the abstention option; 2) it differentiates between policy-specific effects of alienation and indifference for the first time. The models are estimated with nested multiattributive discrete choice models which are theoretically founded on random utility theory.

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