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Two Political Worlds?: the influence of provincial party loyalty on federal voting in Canada

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Emily Clough


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Scholars have known for years that many Canadian voters hold different partisan loyalties at the federal and provincial level. In this paper, I address the question of whether provincial party loyalty has an effect on federal level vote choice above and beyond the effects of federal level party loyalty. I also examine whether provincial party loyalty is enough to explain the persistence of the ‘two-party-plus’ system in Canada. In order to address these questions I construct a series of multinomial logit models of federal vote choice in the 1993 and 2000 Canadian elections. I conclude that provincial party loyalty does have an effect on federal level vote choice, but that this influence is not enough to explain the persistence of the ‘two-party-plus’ system.

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Author(s): Clough E

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Electoral Studies

Year: 2007

Volume: 26

Issue: 4

Pages: 787-796

ISSN (print): 0261-3794

ISSN (electronic): 1873-6890

Publisher: Pergamon


DOI: 10.1016/j.electstud.2007.06.004


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