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Published October 1, 1990 | metadata_only
Journal Article

The Puzzle of Party Identification: Dimensionality of an Important Concept


The current unidimensional conceptualization of party identification contains many ambiguities. Most troubling, however, has been the debate over the dimensionality of this important concept. This article further examines the defects of the unidimensional conceptualization of party identification using the National Election Studies party thermometers. The results repeatedly demonstrate that the current conceptualization inadequately expresses individual affect toward the political parties and political independence. An alternative conceptualization is discussed that would eliminate the anomalies of the unidimensional concept.

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© 1990 by SAGE Publications. First Published October 1, 1990.

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