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Publications | peer-reviewed article
Has Europe got anything to do with the European elections? A study on split-ticket voting in the Belgian regional and European elections of 2009.
author(s) | Peter Van Aelst and Jonas Lefevere
journal | European Union Politics
publication year | 2012 volume | 13 issue | 1 pag | 3-25
keywords | European Union, Voting, Second Order Elections
abstract | This study explains why people voted differently in the 2009 regional and European elections in Belgium. By comparing loyal voters and voters who split their ticket, the article shows that a part of the electorate is driven by Euro-specific motivations. The proportion of people who truly vote â€˜Europeanâ€™ depends on the political context, and more precisely on what parties offer the voters in terms of candidates and issues. However, the European dimension is not the only mechanism that underlies votersâ€™ electoral choices at the European level. In particular, uncertain voters, who lack a clear preference for one party at the national level, are likely to split their ticket between the regional and European elections.
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