In many advanced democracies, mainstream political parties have been disrupted either by the rise of new (populist) parties or by hostile takeovers. In this article we argue that immigration attitudes have had a powerful impact on the strategic environment of political parties and leaders. We show, based on evidence from a comparative study conducted by YouGov in spring of 2015, that immigration attitudes had, by that time, driven a wedge between mainstream parties - those that regularly play a role in government - and their partisans. This 'immigration gap' opened up enormous spacefor new political movements to form, either inside existing parties or outside. Furthermore, we show that the representation gap on immigration issues is a relevant predictor of vote choice, so thatparties are particularly likely to lose votes when they are more distant from their supporters on immigration.

'Are we losing touch?' Mainstream parties' failure to represent their voters on immigration and its electoral consequences / Brady, D. W.; Ferejohn, J. A.; Paparo, A.. - In: RIVISTA ITALIANA DI SCIENZA POLITICA. - ISSN 0048-8402. - 50:3(2020), pp. 398-421. [10.1017/ipo.2019.42]

'Are we losing touch?' Mainstream parties' failure to represent their voters on immigration and its electoral consequences

Paparo A.
2020

Abstract

In many advanced democracies, mainstream political parties have been disrupted either by the rise of new (populist) parties or by hostile takeovers. In this article we argue that immigration attitudes have had a powerful impact on the strategic environment of political parties and leaders. We show, based on evidence from a comparative study conducted by YouGov in spring of 2015, that immigration attitudes had, by that time, driven a wedge between mainstream parties - those that regularly play a role in government - and their partisans. This 'immigration gap' opened up enormous spacefor new political movements to form, either inside existing parties or outside. Furthermore, we show that the representation gap on immigration issues is a relevant predictor of vote choice, so thatparties are particularly likely to lose votes when they are more distant from their supporters on immigration.
Immigration, representation, USA, voting behaviour, Western Europe
'Are we losing touch?' Mainstream parties' failure to represent their voters on immigration and its electoral consequences / Brady, D. W.; Ferejohn, J. A.; Paparo, A.. - In: RIVISTA ITALIANA DI SCIENZA POLITICA. - ISSN 0048-8402. - 50:3(2020), pp. 398-421. [10.1017/ipo.2019.42]
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