Through thick and thin? The dynamics of government support across income groups during economic crises Academic Article uri icon


  • Students of economic voting have recently made substantial progress in their understanding of when the economy is and is not likely to impact election outcomes. Our knowledge of the lower level dynamics that drive these aggregate results remains fairly murky. In this paper we test competing theoretical claims about how individual level orientations toward political economy lead to observed aggregate trends in support for incumbent politicians. We do this with models of support for the Labour Party in the United Kingdom before and during the recent global economic turndown. 2010 Elsevier Ltd.

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author list (cited authors)

  • Palmer, H. D., & Whitten, G. D.

citation count

  • 20

complete list of authors

  • Palmer, Harvey D||Whitten, Guy D

publication date

  • January 2011