Activation of Fundamentals in German Campaigns

Johnston, Richard ; Partheymüller, Julia ; Schmitt-Beck, Rüdiger

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Document Type: Book chapter
Year of publication: 2014
Book title: Voters on the Move or on the Run?
Page range: 217-237
Publisher: Weßels, Bernhard
Place of publication: Oxford [u.a.]
Publishing house: Oxford Univ. Press
ISBN: 978-0-19-966263-0 , 978-0-19-175619-1
Publication language: English
Institution: Außerfakultäre Einrichtungen > Mannheim Centre for European Social Research - Research Department B
School of Social Sciences > Politikwissenschaft, Politische Soziologie (Schmitt-Beck 2008-2023)
Subject: 320 Political science
Abstract: A substantial body of evidence about the activation by election campaigns has accumulated in the United States and some other countries, not much is known yet about the German case. This chapter focuses on the 2005 and 2009 elections and asks whether and how ‘fundamentals’ are activated during pre-election periods—in general but also contingent on the specifics of particular campaigns and on voters’ political sophistication. Apart from its intrinsic interest, the case presents a useful contrast with mainly US-based evidence. Results show that German campaigns activate some electoral considerations some of the time. Not all ‘fundamentals’ are activated: Some are active from the very start, while others do not perform impressively at any point. Activation on one side of the ideological spectrum is not mirrored by activation on the other. Most strikingly, however,—and substantiating the larger claim by way of counterfactual—some campaigns activate more than others.

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