Like father, like son: Justin Trudeau and valence voting in Canada's 2015 federal election

Clarke, H. D., Gravelle, T. B., Scotto, T. J. , Stewart, M. C. and Reifler, J. (2017) Like father, like son: Justin Trudeau and valence voting in Canada's 2015 federal election. PS: Political Science and Politics, 50(3), pp. 701-707. (doi: 10.1017/S1049096517000452)

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Canada's 2015 federal election was an exiting, as well as a nostalgia provoking, contest. After nine years in office, Prime Minister Stephen Harper and the governing Conservatives were defeated by the resurgent Liberals led by Justin Trudeau. Trudeau is the son of Pierre Trudeau, perhaps Canada’s best known prime minister. Analyses of national survey data demonstrate that party leader images—a major component of the "valence politics" model of electoral choice—were important in both cases. Unlike his father, Justin Trudeau was castigated as a "lightweight" and "just not ready." However, articulating plausible policies to jump-start Canada's sluggish economy and espousing "sunny ways," the younger Trudeau was warmly received by many voters. In contrast, Harper's image of managerial competence was tarnished by bad economic news, and his attempt to refocus the campaign on emotionally charged cultural issues failed. The result was a Liberal majority government and a prime minister named Trudeau.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Scotto, Professor Thomas
Authors: Clarke, H. D., Gravelle, T. B., Scotto, T. J., Stewart, M. C., and Reifler, J.
College/School:College of Social Sciences
Journal Name:PS: Political Science and Politics
Publisher:Cambridge University Press
ISSN (Online):1537-5935
Published Online:12 June 2017
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2017 American Political Science Association
First Published:First published in PS: Political Science and Politics 50(3): 701-707
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the publisher copyright policy

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