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The dimensionality of the Scottish political space: Results from an experiment on the 2011 Holyrood elections


Wheatley, Jonathan; Carman, Christopher; Mendez, Fernando; Mitchell, James (2012). The dimensionality of the Scottish political space: Results from an experiment on the 2011 Holyrood elections. Party Politics:318-348.

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This article introduces Voting Advice Applications (VAAs) as a data-generating tool that can be used to measure the positions of party supporters in multidimensional policy
space. It begins with an overview of the state of the art as regards methods for locating parties on a common policy space, in terms of how data are gathered and also in terms of how policy dimensions are identified and measured. We then use a dimension reduction technique to identify latent policy dimensions from a dataset obtained from a VAA carried out in Scotland in 2011. These dimensions are used to map the policy positions of supporters of five Scottish political parties. We argue that this tool allows more leverage on understanding the relative locations of parties ‘in the electorate’ in multidimensional policy space.

Abstract

This article introduces Voting Advice Applications (VAAs) as a data-generating tool that can be used to measure the positions of party supporters in multidimensional policy
space. It begins with an overview of the state of the art as regards methods for locating parties on a common policy space, in terms of how data are gathered and also in terms of how policy dimensions are identified and measured. We then use a dimension reduction technique to identify latent policy dimensions from a dataset obtained from a VAA carried out in Scotland in 2011. These dimensions are used to map the policy positions of supporters of five Scottish political parties. We argue that this tool allows more leverage on understanding the relative locations of parties ‘in the electorate’ in multidimensional policy space.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:01 Faculty of Theology > Center for Ethics
06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Philosophy
02 Faculty of Law > Centre for Democracy Studies Aarau (C2D)
Dewey Decimal Classification:340 Law
Language:English
Date:30 September 2012
Deposited On:08 Sep 2014 11:22
Last Modified:17 Feb 2018 01:52
Publisher:Sage Publications Ltd.
ISSN:1354-0688
OA Status:Green
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1177/1354068812458614
Related URLs:http://www.recherche-portal.ch/ZAD:default_scope:ebi01_prod001460895 (Library Catalogue)

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