Election campaigns and voter decision-making in a multi-party system : the 2009 and 2013 German Federal elections

Schoen, Harald ; Rattinger, Hans ; Preißinger, Maria ; Gavras, Konstantin ; Steinbrecher, Markus

(e.g. translator, editor)
Werner, Elena
DOI: https://doi.org/10.5771/9783845273228
URL: https://www.nomos-elibrary.de/10.5771/978384527322...
Document Type: Book
Year of publication: 2017
The title of a journal, publication series: Studien zur Wahl- und Einstellungsforschung
Volume: 33
Place of publication: Baden-Baden
Publishing house: Nomos
ISBN: 978-3-8487-2972-2 ; 978-3-8452-7322-8
Publication language: English
Institution: Außerfakultäre Einrichtungen > Mannheim Centre for European Social Research - Research Department B
School of Social Sciences > Vergleichende Politische Verhaltensforschung (Rattinger 2008-2015, Em)
Außerfakultäre Einrichtungen > Graduate School of Economic and Social Sciences- CDSS (Social Sciences)
Subject: 320 Political science
Abstract: This book analyses how people decided to participate in and who to vote for over the course of the 2009 and 2013 German federal election campaigns. Using data from two seven-wave campaign panel surveys collected in the framework of the German Longitudinal Election Study (GLES), it demonstrates that both turnout and vote choice, as well as their attitudinal precursors, underwent considerable individual-level changes in the run-up to these elections. Fixed-effects panel regression analyses show that campaign efforts, controversies and events did influence voting behaviour. These effects were not confined to certain subsections of the electorate, either in terms of political involvement or partisanship. Campaign effects led some party adherents back to the fold, whereas they made others defect. In the German multiparty system, campaigns are capable of making a difference to voting behaviour. This analysis thus casts doubt on the general applicability of the minimal effects model.

Dieser Eintrag ist Teil der Universitätsbibliographie.

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