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20 Comp. Pol. Stud. 3 (1987-1988)

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This is an analysis of the effects of economic factors on voting behavior in the United
Kingdom. Aggregate- and individual-level data are used. When the results are compared
to findings generated by the United States case, some intriguing differences appear. To
mention just two examples, unemployment and inflation seem to be much more important
in the United Kingdom than in the United States, and changes in real per capita income are
positively related to election results in the United States and negatively related in the
United Kingdom.  More generally, while the aggregate results are strong and the
individual-level results weak in the United States, in the United Kingdom the situation is
practically reversed.





          ON THE ISSUES SURROUNDING

                                  ECONOMIC VOTING

                           Looking to the British Case

                                                     for   Answers



                                                 JOHN R. HIBBING
                                              University   of Nebraska




 E conomic conditions influence the amount of electoral support
      received  by the  party in power.   The  simplicity of this widely
accepted  statement  is deceptive, for directly behind  it lurk countless
difficult and important   issues. Economic   conditions how   measured?
Unemployment? Inflation? Real income? Changes in these measures or


AUTHOR'S   NOTE:  An earlier version of this article waspreparedforpresentation at the
Political Studies Association Annual Conference, Manchester, U.K., April 1985. This
material is based upon work supported by the North Atlantic Treaty Organization under a
grant awarded in 1984. Some of the data utilized in this study were made available by the
Inter- University Consortium for Political Research and were originally collected by
David Butler and Donald Stokes. Other data were made available by the SSRC Data
Archive at the University of Essex and were orginally collected by Ivor Crewe and Bo
Sarlvik. Neither NA TO, the respective consortiums, nor the original collectors of the data

COMPARATIVE   POLITICAL STUDIES, Vol. 20 No. 1, April 1987 3-33
o 1987 Sage Publications, Inc.

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