Party cues and pre-campaign attitudes: voting choice in referendums in Eastern Europe

Gherghina, S. and Silagadze, N. (2021) Party cues and pre-campaign attitudes: voting choice in referendums in Eastern Europe. Problems of Post-Communism, (doi: 10.1080/10758216.2021.1963780) (Early Online Publication)

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Political parties provide cues that influence how people vote in referendums. We know little about how this works against the attitudes held by voters before campaigns. This article analyzes under what circumstances voters in referendums consider their choice to be the result of party cues or of their opinions prior to a campaign. It focuses on seven referendums organized in Eastern Europe between 2015 and 2019. The results show that party cues may shape voting behavior when political parties are trusted, cues are clear, and citizens are media users. Political activity, information and interest in politics make pre-campaign attitudes important.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Early Online Publication
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Gherghina, Dr Sergiu
Authors: Gherghina, S., and Silagadze, N.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Politics
Journal Name:Problems of Post-Communism
Publisher:Taylor & Francis
ISSN (Online):1557-783X
Published Online:27 August 2021
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2021 The Authors
First Published:First published in Problems of Post-Communism 2021
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons License

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