Electoral politics : does globalisation matter?

Bean, Clive & Vowels, Jack (2006) Electoral politics : does globalisation matter? Australian Journal of Political Science, 41(2), pp. 273-288.

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In terms of conventional economic indicators, New Zealand is more globalised than Australia. Two sets of theoretically derived propositions are tested compared to a null hypothesis of no effects: the first, that globalisation will reduce the reality and/or the perceptions of electoral choice, and the second based on the assumption that it may change but not necessarily reduce the effects of those parameters. With data from Australian and New Zealand Election Studies from 1996 onwards, and using multivariate logit models, we test the effects of economic voting, and the ideological salience of Left-Right issues, notably welfare and tax policy, and the extent to which opposition to aspects of globalisation might mobilise support for political parties. We find little support for the argument that New Zealand electoral politics should reflect globalisation influences more strongly than Australian electoral politics. To the extent that the evidence does appear to confirm any aspects of the two propositions, it is commonly the more moderate effects associated with the second proposition that are supported.

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ID Code: 22485
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Elections, Australia, New Zealand, Globalisation
DOI: 10.1080/10361140600672485
ISSN: 1036-1146
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > POLITICAL SCIENCE (160600)
Deposited On: 17 Jun 2009 13:13
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:26

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