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Dynamic and Static Components of Political Support in Britain

Cain, Bruce E. (1978) Dynamic and Static Components of Political Support in Britain. American Journal of Political Science, 22 (4). pp. 849-866. ISSN 0092-5853.

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Many studies in British politics in particular and comparative politics more generally have shown a strong relation between personal attributes and voting behavior. Such studies have tended to assume an excessively static picture of party support. "Issue-voting" models, on the other hand, have not adequately accounted for sources of electoral stability. This paper attempts to link structural and political factors in a single model of political preference, and to show the implications of this for the study of broader questions such as why political systems remain stable or change over time. Two routes by which the social structure affects political preferences are posited, estimated, and compared. The strength of the endogenous political component raises the question of the source of stability in the British political system. The proposed model thus estimates the importance of lagged judgments and socialization biases in maintaining a core of "partisan" support for the parties.

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Additional Information:© 1978 by the University of Texas Press. Manuscript submitted 5 May 1977; Final manuscript received 27 October 1977.
Subject Keywords:Political parties, Political partisanship, Voting, Conservatism, Voting behavior, Political attitudes, Social structures, Political systems, Socioeconomics
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Official Citation:Cain, Bruce E. “Dynamic and Static Components of Political Support in Britain.” American Journal of Political Science, vol. 22, no. 4, 1978, pp. 849–866. JSTOR, JSTOR,
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