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The Electoral Consequences of Offshoring: how the Globalization of Production Shapes Party Preferences in Multi-Party Systems


Rommel, Tobias; Walter, Stefanie (2016). The Electoral Consequences of Offshoring: how the Globalization of Production Shapes Party Preferences in Multi-Party Systems. Working papers series 286, University of Warwick. Centre for Competitive Advantage in the Global Economy. Dept. of Economy.

Abstract

How does offshoring affect individual party preferences in multi-party systems? We argue that exposure to offshoring influences individual preferences for those political parties with clear policy positions on issues relevant for individuals with offshorable jobs (left, liberal and center-right parties), but does not affect voting decisions for parties concentrating on other issues (green parties or populist right parties). Examining individual-level data from five waves of the European Social Survey for 18 advanced democracies, we find that these effects vary by skill and exposure. Offshoring increases the preference for parties advocating economic openness among the highly skilled. In contrast, among the low-skilled, those exposed to offshoring are more likely to prefer leftist political parties that champion social protection and redistribution.

Abstract

How does offshoring affect individual party preferences in multi-party systems? We argue that exposure to offshoring influences individual preferences for those political parties with clear policy positions on issues relevant for individuals with offshorable jobs (left, liberal and center-right parties), but does not affect voting decisions for parties concentrating on other issues (green parties or populist right parties). Examining individual-level data from five waves of the European Social Survey for 18 advanced democracies, we find that these effects vary by skill and exposure. Offshoring increases the preference for parties advocating economic openness among the highly skilled. In contrast, among the low-skilled, those exposed to offshoring are more likely to prefer leftist political parties that champion social protection and redistribution.

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Item Type:Working Paper
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Political Science
Dewey Decimal Classification:320 Political science
Language:English
Date:April 2016
Deposited On:08 Nov 2016 13:39
Last Modified:08 Nov 2016 13:40
Series Name:Working papers series
Number of Pages:47
Free access at:Official URL. An embargo period may apply.
Official URL:http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/soc/economics/research/centres/cage/manage/publications/286-2016_walter.pdf
Related URLs:http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/soc/economics/research/centres/cage/publications/workingpapers

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