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It's not easy being green : why voters punish parties for environmental policies during economic downturns


Abou-Chadi, Tarik; Kayser, Mark A (2017). It's not easy being green : why voters punish parties for environmental policies during economic downturns. Electoral Studies, 45:201-207.

Abstract

Recent scholarship asserts the existence of “luxury goods voting” arguing that voters penalize parties associated with post-material issues or those with long-run payoffs during economic downturns. We test this arguments here using data from four election studies in Denmark and Germany that explicitly ask respondents to rate parties on one particular luxury goods issue: protection of the environment. Voters who perceive the economy as weak indeed punish governing parties more severely when they associate them with environmental policies; conversely, a green reputation when the economy is expanding garners left-wing parties higher vote probabilities. Right-wing governing parties fare similarly, benefitting from those who perceive them as green when the economy is hale, albeit only converging to the vote probabilities awarded from voters who see them as less green when the economy sours.

Abstract

Recent scholarship asserts the existence of “luxury goods voting” arguing that voters penalize parties associated with post-material issues or those with long-run payoffs during economic downturns. We test this arguments here using data from four election studies in Denmark and Germany that explicitly ask respondents to rate parties on one particular luxury goods issue: protection of the environment. Voters who perceive the economy as weak indeed punish governing parties more severely when they associate them with environmental policies; conversely, a green reputation when the economy is expanding garners left-wing parties higher vote probabilities. Right-wing governing parties fare similarly, benefitting from those who perceive them as green when the economy is hale, albeit only converging to the vote probabilities awarded from voters who see them as less green when the economy sours.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Political Science
Dewey Decimal Classification:320 Political science
Uncontrolled Keywords:Luxury goods voting, Economic voting, Electoral behavior
Language:English
Date:February 2017
Deposited On:14 Dec 2017 13:04
Last Modified:19 Feb 2018 09:36
Publisher:Elsevier
ISSN:0261-3794
OA Status:Closed
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.electstud.2016.10.009
Official URL:https://ac.els-cdn.com/S0261379416302293/1-s2.0-S0261379416302293-main.pdf?_tid=9f610d14-df51-11e7-a03a-00000aacb361&acdnat=1513092912_6a15f3ee71c7087445d18ca48db448c5
Related URLs:http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0261379416302293 (Publisher)

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