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A Comparison of Party Identification in the United States and Great Britain

Cain, Bruce E. and Ferejohn, John A. (1979) A Comparison of Party Identification in the United States and Great Britain. Social Science Working Paper, 170. California Institute of Technology , Pasadena, CA. (Unpublished)

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Political scientists for some time have questioned the value of party identification in the British context. The most popular objection has been that party identification appears to be less stable and less independent from the vote in Great Britain than in the United States. We attempt to demonstrate that the first objection is based on strong assumptions about how to deal with minor party identifiers and independents while the second can be disputed by showing that short-term forces, and not just measurement error, cause party identification and the vote to covary imperfectly. The analysis is carried out with the original Butler and Stokes data.

Item Type:Report or Paper (Working Paper)
Additional Information:Revised. Published as Cain, Bruce E., and John Ferejohn. "Party Identification in the United States and Great Britain." Comparative Political Studies 14.1 (1981): 31-47.
Group:Social Science Working Papers
Series Name:Social Science Working Paper
Issue or Number:170
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ID Code:82638
Deposited By: Jacquelyn Bussone
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