Issue emergence and the dynamics of electoral competition around immigration in Spain

Morales, L., Pardos-Prado, S. and Ros, V. (2015) Issue emergence and the dynamics of electoral competition around immigration in Spain. Acta Politica, 50(4), pp. 461-485. (doi:10.1057/ap.2014.33)

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Abstract

This article examines the changing dynamics of electoral competition around an increasingly salient issue in Spanish politics: immigration. We argue that, although the issue is close to a ‘valence’ one in terms of the views of the electorate, the behaviour of the three main state-wide parties – analysed with data from party manifestos for the 1993–2011 period and of electoral campaign rhetoric between 2000 and 2011 – departs from the expectations of issue ownership competition. The result for the Spanish mainstream has therefore been a recurring ambivalence between adopting clear spatial positions on the issue and playing the competence card.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Pardos-Prado, Professor Sergi
Authors: Morales, L., Pardos-Prado, S., and Ros, V.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Politics
Journal Name:Acta Politica
Publisher:Springer
ISSN:0001-6810
ISSN (Online):1741-1416

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