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Compensatory voting in direct legislation: evidence from Switzerland


Gisiger, Jasmin; Milic, Thomas; Kübler, Daniel (2019). Compensatory voting in direct legislation: evidence from Switzerland. Swiss Political Science Review = Schweizerische Zeitschrift für Politikwissenschaft, 25(2):103-127.

Abstract

In elections, voters sometimes compensate for post-election bargaining processes by electing parties that are more extreme than themselves. We investigate compensatory voting in direct democracy. Our goals are to develop and test a measure of compensatory voting in direct legislation and assess its extent of compensatory voting. Empirically, we draw on the case of Switzerland, a country with frequent popular votes. We operationalize compensatory voting as voting ‘yes’ on a popular initiative in spite of endorsing arguments that speak against this initiative, under the condition of being well-informed about the initiative. Using data from post-ballot surveys on 17’570 individuals having voted on 63 popular initiatives in the period 1993 to 2015, our analysis shows that compensatory voting has not significantly increased in Switzerland in this period.

Abstract

In elections, voters sometimes compensate for post-election bargaining processes by electing parties that are more extreme than themselves. We investigate compensatory voting in direct democracy. Our goals are to develop and test a measure of compensatory voting in direct legislation and assess its extent of compensatory voting. Empirically, we draw on the case of Switzerland, a country with frequent popular votes. We operationalize compensatory voting as voting ‘yes’ on a popular initiative in spite of endorsing arguments that speak against this initiative, under the condition of being well-informed about the initiative. Using data from post-ballot surveys on 17’570 individuals having voted on 63 popular initiatives in the period 1993 to 2015, our analysis shows that compensatory voting has not significantly increased in Switzerland in this period.

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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 > Political Science and International Relations
Uncontrolled Keywords:Political Science and International Relations, Compensatory voting, direct legislation, trust
Language:English
Date:1 June 2019
Deposited On:24 Jun 2019 09:32
Last Modified:29 Jul 2020 10:53
Publisher:Wiley-Blackwell Publishing, Inc.
ISSN:1424-7755
OA Status:Closed
Free access at:Publisher DOI. An embargo period may apply.
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1111/spsr.12352

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