Lookup NU author(s): Dr Rosario Aguilar
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There are numerous studies of the effects of partisan cues in established party systems, but almost none on how they affect voting in new party systems. This lacuna might stem from untested assumptions that partisan cues are un-influential where parties lack multigenerational psychological bonds with citizens and long-standing records. Alternatively, we theorize that even in new party systems, voters use partisan cues to assess candidates’ capabilities, preferences, and electoral viability. We test this theory through an experiment in which we varied inclusion of party identifiers on mock ballots in Uganda, where the multiparty system was only 5 years old. We find that partisan cues increased selection of major-party candidates over independents, casting of straight-ticket ballots, and votes for copartisans. Our results challenge the common assumption that partisan labels are irrelevant in new party systems. Partisan cues can influence political decision making, even when party systems are young.
Author(s): Conroy-Krutz J, Moehler D, Aguilar R
Publication type: Article
Publication status: Published
Journal: Comparative Political Studies
Print publication date: 01/01/2016
Online publication date: 15/09/2015
Acceptance date: 14/04/2015
ISSN (print): 0010-4140
ISSN (electronic): 1552-3829
Publisher: Sage Publications, Inc.
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