The Compleat Economic Voter: New Evidence from the UK

Michael S. Lewis-Beck, Richard Nadeau, Martial Foucault
2011 Social Science Research Network  
The Compleat Economic Voter: New Evidence from the UK While economic voting has been much studied, almost all the work has been based on the classic reward-punishment model, which treats the economy as a valence issue. The economic is, indeed, a valence issue, but it is much more than that. In the work at hand, we explore two other dimensions of economic votingposition and patrimony. Through investigation of a 2010 UK election survey containing relevant measures on these three dimensions, we
more » ... e dimensions, we estimate their impact on vote intention, in the context of a carefully specified system of equations. According to the evidence reported, each dimension of economic voting has its own independent effect. Moreover, together, they reveal a "compleat" economic voter, who wields considerable power over electoral choice in Britain. This result, while new, confirms and extends recent work on US and French elections.
doi:10.2139/ssrn.1904682 fatcat:37khrvvxmrbmpmhspqqjg6hixe