Leaders without Partisans

Leaders without Partisans

Dealignment, Media Change, and the Personalization of Politics

Diego Garzia, Frederico Ferreira de Silva, Andrea De Angelis

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Leaders without Partisans examines the changing impact of party leader evaluations on voters’ behavior in parliamentary elections. The decline of traditional social cleavages, the pervasive mediatization of the political scene, and the media’s growing tendency to portray politics in “personalistic” terms all led to the hypothesis that leaders matter more for the way individuals vote and, often, the way elections turn out. This study offers the most comprehensive longitudinal assessment of this hypothesis so far. The authors develop a composite theoretical framework – based on currently disconnected strands of research from party, media, and electoral studies – and test it empirically on the most encompassing set of national election study datasets ever assembled. The labor-intensive harmonization effort produces an unprecedented dataset pooling information for a total of 129 parliamentary elections conducted between 1961 and 2018 in 14 West European countries.

The book provides evidence of the longitudinal growth in leader effects on vote choice and on turnout. The process of partisan dealignment and changes in the structure of mass communication in Western societies are identified as the main drivers of personalization in voting behavior.


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Diego Garzia:

Diego Garzia is an SNSF Professor of Political Science at the University of Lausanne. He currently serves as founding convenor of the ECPR Research Network on Voting Advice Applications and as a member of the Scientific Committee of the Italian National Election Study (ITANES).

Frederico Ferreira da Silva is a Senior SNSF Researcher at the University of Lausanne.

Andrea De Angelis is a Senior Researcher and Lecturer at the University of Lucerne. He is also Associate Editor at Frontiers in Political Science.

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Diego Garzia is an SNSF Professor of Political Science at the University of Lausanne. He currently serves as founding convenor of the ECPR Research Network on Voting Advice Applications and as a member of the Scientific Committee of the Italian National Election Study (ITANES).

Frederico Ferreira da Silva is a Senior SNSF Researcher at the University of Lausanne.

Andrea De Angelis is a Senior Researcher and Lecturer at the University of Lucerne. He is also Associate Editor at Frontiers in Political Science.

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Diego Garzia is an SNSF Professor of Political Science at the University of Lausanne. He currently serves as founding convenor of the ECPR Research Network on Voting Advice Applications and as a member of the Scientific Committee of the Italian National Election Study (ITANES).

Frederico Ferreira da Silva is a Senior SNSF Researcher at the University of Lausanne.

Andrea De Angelis is a Senior Researcher and Lecturer at the University of Lucerne. He is also Associate Editor at Frontiers in Political Science.

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