Valence and spatial explanations for voting in the 2013 Australian election

McAllister, Ian, Sheppard, Jill, & Bean, Clive (2015) Valence and spatial explanations for voting in the 2013 Australian election. Australian Journal of Political Science, 50(2), pp. 330-346.

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This paper examines the 2013 Australian federal election to test two competing models of vote choice: spatial politics and valence issues. Using data from the 2013 Australian Election Study, the analysis finds that spatial politics (measured by party identification and self-placement on the left-right spectrum) and valence issues both have significant effects on vote choice. However, spatial measures are more important than valence issues in explaining vote choice, in contrast with recent studies from Britain, Canada and the United States. Explanations for these differences are speculative, but may relate to Australia’s stable party and electoral system, including compulsory voting and the frequency of elections. The consequently high information burden faced by Australian voters may lead to a greater reliance on spatial heuristics than is found elsewhere.

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ID Code: 93359
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Elections, Parties, Australia
DOI: 10.1080/10361146.2015.1005005
ISSN: 1363-030X
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > POLITICAL SCIENCE (160600) > Australian Government and Politics (160601)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2015 Australian Political Studies Association
Deposited On: 03 Mar 2016 01:29
Last Modified: 03 Oct 2016 05:38

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