Distance, dissatisfaction or a Deficit in attention: why do citizens vote for new parties?

Simon Otjes, M.P. van de Wardt

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Abstract

Why do voters vote for new political parties? This article tests the microfoundations of why voters support new parties. We examine three perspectives: that citizens vote for new parties because the established parties stand distant from the citizens’ left-right position; that they vote for new parties because the existing parties ignore the issues that the citizens prioritize; or that they vote for new parties because the citizens are cynical about established parties in general. Based on an analysis of more than three decades of Dutch Parliamentary Election Surveys, we conclude that all three factors matter but that ideological distance is by far the strongest predictor.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages22
JournalJournal of Elections, Public Opinion and Parties
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 25 Nov 2020

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