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49 Comp. Pol. Stud. 3 (2016)

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                                                     Comparative Political Studies
                                                          2016, Vol. 49(1) 3-35
Partisan        Cues and         Vote                     @ The Author(s) 20 15
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                                                  DOI: 10.1177/0010414015603015

Jeffrey   Conroy-Krutzi, Devra C. Moehler2,
and   Rosario Aguilar3

There  are numerous   studies of the effects of partisan cues in established
party systems, but  almost none  on  how  they affect voting in new party
systems. This lacuna might stem  from  untested assumptions  that partisan
cues  are un-influential where parties lack multigenerational psychological
bonds  with citizens and long-standing records. Alternatively, we theorize
that even in new party systems, voters use partisan cues to assess candidates'
capabilities, preferences, and electoral viability. We test this theory through
an experiment  in which  we  varied inclusion of party identifiers on mock
ballots in Uganda, where the multiparty system  was only 5 years old. We
find that partisan cues increased selection of major-party candidates over
independents,  casting of straight-ticket ballots, and votes for copartisans.
Our   results challenge the common   assumption  that  partisan labels are
irrelevant in new party systems. Partisan cues can influence political decision
making, even when  party systems are young.

political parties, elections, public opinion and voting behavior, African
politics, experimental research

'Michigan State University, East Lansing, USA
2University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, USA
3Centro de Investigaci6n y Docencia Econ6micas, Mexico City, Mexico
Corresponding Author:
Jeffrey Conroy-Krutz, Department of Political Science, Michigan State University, S303 South
Kedzie Hall, East Lansing, MI 48824, USA.
Email: conroyk6@msu.edu

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