A two-stage theory of discussant influence on vote choice in multiparty systems

Schmitt-Beck, Rüdiger ; Partheymüller, Julia

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/S0007123414000301
URL: http://journals.cambridge.org/abstract_S0007123414...
Document Type: Article
Year of publication: 2016
The title of a journal, publication series: British Journal of Political Science
Volume: 46
Issue number: 2
Page range: 321-348
Place of publication: Cambridge
Publishing house: Cambridge Univ. Pr.
ISSN: 0007-1234 , 1469-2112
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: This article addresses two aspects of social network influence on voters’ electoral choices that are not well understood: the role of party systems as institutional contexts and the relationship between social pressure and information sharing as mechanisms of influence. It argues that in the cleavage-based multiparty systems of Western Europe, discussant influence at elections occurs in two stages. First, discussants place social pressure on voters to opt for parties from the same ideological camp. Secondly, by providing information, discussants influence which parties voters eventually choose out of these restricted ‘consideration sets’. The study tests these assumptions using a panel survey conducted at the 2009 German federal election. The first proposition is clearly confirmed, and the evidence supports the second proposition, although less unequivocally.

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