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Xenophobia and Left Voting
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Government.
2010 (English)In: Politics & Society, ISSN 0032-3292, E-ISSN 1552-7514, Vol. 38, no 4, 490-516 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In this article, the authors set out to evaluate two competing mechanisms that may account for the negative relationship between xenophobia and left voting. Xenophobia may reduce left voting because parties of the right are more conservative on issues relating to immigration and ethnic relations (the policy-bundling effect), or it may reduce left voting because many potential left voters lack sympathy with the groups to whom redistribution is thought to be directed (the anti-solidarity effect). These two mechanisms imply radically different scenarios for political competition. Using a multilevel modeling approach, the authors analyze the data compiled in fifteen different surveys carried out in ten Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) countries between 1990 and 2000. This study is the first to draw out the implications of these mechanisms for left voting and to subject them to empirical scrutiny in a large-scale comparative study. The results are consistent with the existence of a relatively strong policy-bundling effect; by contrast, the anti-solidarity effect is trivial in most of the surveys analyzed.

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2010. Vol. 38, no 4, 490-516 p.
Keyword [en]
voting, polarization, xenophobia, redistribution, comparative
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Social Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-136468DOI: 10.1177/0032329210381237ISI: 000284362700003OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-136468DiVA: diva2:376981
Available from: 2010-12-13 Created: 2010-12-13 Last updated: 2010-12-22Bibliographically approved

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