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Voting at National versus European Elections: An Individual Level Test of the Second Order Paradigm for the 2014 European Parliament Elections

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Boomgaarden, Hajo G.; Johann, David; Kritzinger, Sylvia

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Abstract The second-order paradigm is the dominant framework for research on electoral behavior in European Parliament (EP) elections. In this study, we assess to what degree voting patterns in the 2014 EP election were characterized by secondorderness. While most studies of second-order voting behavior rely on macro-level accounts or suffer from potentially conflated vote measures, this study relies on panel data from the 2013 national and the 2014 EP election in Austria. We study change patterns in electoral behavior and, more importantly, assess the motives behind differences in vote choices between first- and second-order elections. Overall, the findings point towards a persisting relevance of the second-order framework for explaining voting in the 2014 EP election. (auhtor's abstract)
Keywords EU; election to the European Parliament; European Parliament; parliamentary election; European Policy; political agenda; national politics; Austria; party; preference; political attitude; formulation of political objectives; politicization; mobilization; voting behavior
Classification Political Process, Elections, Political Sociology, Political Culture; European Politics
Free Keywords second-order elections
Document language English
Publication Year 2016
Page/Pages p. 130-144
Journal Politics and Governance, 4 (2016) 1
Issue topic How Different Were the European Elections of 2014?
ISSN 2183-2463
Status Published Version; peer reviewed
Licence Creative Commons - Attribution