Local and national election agendas

Harrison, L. and McSweeney, D. (2008) Local and national election agendas. Representation, 44 (1). pp. 1-13. ISSN 0034-4893

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Abstract

In the saliency theory of elections parties are seen as monolithic. Each party emphasises the issues they own to gain electoral advantage. There are no rival agendas generated by different factions within the party or its territorial subdivisions. We test this assumption in the 2005 UK general election, comparing national party communications with those of local parties in the South West of England. We found consistency in the issue emphases of Labour's national and local campaigns. But there were divergences in priotities between the national and local campaigns of the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats. We seek to account for these differences in emphasis.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:local election, national election, election agenda
Faculty/Department:Faculty of Arts, Creative Industries and Education > Department of Arts and Cultural Industries
ID Code:12018
Deposited By: Dr L. Harrison
Deposited On:23 Sep 2010 15:19
Last Modified:12 Aug 2013 08:03

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