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The electoral consequences of offshoring: how the globalization of production shapes party preferences


Rommel, Tobias; Walter, Stefanie (2018). The electoral consequences of offshoring: how the globalization of production shapes party preferences. Comparative Political Studies, 51(5):621-658.

Abstract

How does offshoring affect individual party preferences in multiparty 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 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 level and exposure. Offshoring increases preferences for liberal and center-right parties that advocate economic openness among the highly skilled. In contrast, low-skilled individuals exposed to offshoring are more likely to prefer leftist political parties that champion social protection and redistribution. Offshoring does not affect the propensity to vote for green and populist right parties.

Abstract

How does offshoring affect individual party preferences in multiparty 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 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 level and exposure. Offshoring increases preferences for liberal and center-right parties that advocate economic openness among the highly skilled. In contrast, low-skilled individuals exposed to offshoring are more likely to prefer leftist political parties that champion social protection and redistribution. Offshoring does not affect the propensity to vote for green and populist right parties.

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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
Scopus Subject Areas:Social Sciences & Humanities > Sociology and Political Science
Uncontrolled Keywords:offshoring, party preferences, multiparty democracies, globalization risk, voting behavior, elections
Language:English
Date:April 2018
Deposited On:24 Apr 2018 10:46
Last Modified:29 Jul 2020 07:11
Publisher:Sage Publications Ltd.
ISSN:0010-4140
OA Status:Green
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1177/0010414017710264
Related URLs:https://www.zora.uzh.ch/id/eprint/127240/

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