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How party polarization shapes the structuring of policy preferences in Europe

Abstract : A significant body of literature has addressed the impact of party polarization on voting behavior. Yet little is known of the relationship between party polarization and belief systems. The present study argues that party polarization enhances the ideological consistency of belief systems and does so for the citizenry as a whole. We first demonstrate that the more party systems are polarized on economic and sociocultural issues, the more consistently belief systems are aligned with the progressive-conservative continuum. Second, we show that ideological consistency is greater in highly polarized party systems, not only among the most politically attuned Europeans but also among those with lower levels of political sophistication. Results have implications for our understanding of citizen competence and responsiveness to elite cues in polarized party systems.
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Frédéric Gonthier, Tristan Guerra. How party polarization shapes the structuring of policy preferences in Europe. Party Politics, SAGE Publications, 2022, pp.135406882110646. ⟨10.1177/13540688211064606⟩. ⟨halshs-03507840⟩

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