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Does education make voters more leftist or more rightist?: a West vs. East cross-regional analysis

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Feșnic, Florin N.; Armeanu, Oana I.

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Abstract Education is one of the most important determinants of political preferences and voting behavior. However, the direction of this impact is not universal. In a less developed, post-communist polity like Romania, education is negatively correlated with support for the left. In a post-industrial democracy like France, increased education translates into more support for the moderate left (i.e., the "post-materialist" left, Socialists and Ecologists). We explain these differences as the joint effect of recent historical experiences and the current level of economic, social and political development of the two polities.
Keywords election campaign; policy on the elderly; Romania; France; voting behavior; historical development; social change; economic development (on national level); political development; education; political left
Classification Political Process, Elections, Political Sociology, Political Culture
Document language English
Publication Year 2014
Page/Pages p. 29-46
Journal Studia Politica : Romanian Political Science Review, 14 (2014) 1
ISSN 1582-4551
Status Published Version; peer reviewed
Licence Creative Commons - Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works