You are not currently logged in.
Access JSTOR through your library or other institution:
If You Use a Screen ReaderThis content is available through Read Online (Free) program, which relies on page scans. Since scans are not currently available to screen readers, please contact JSTOR User Support for access. We'll provide a PDF copy for your screen reader.
Partisan Instability in Canada: Evidence from a New Panel Study
Lawrence LeDuc, Harold D. Clarke, Jane Jenson and Jon H. Pammett
The American Political Science Review
Vol. 78, No. 2 (Jun., 1984), pp. 470-484
Published by: American Political Science Association
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1963376
Page Count: 15
You can always find the topics here!Topics: Political partisanship, Party identification, Political parties, Voting behavior, Voting, Political elections, Cohort studies, Electorate, Voting patterns
Were these topics helpful?See somethings inaccurate? Let us know!
Select the topics that are inaccurate.
Since scans are not currently available to screen readers, please contact JSTOR User Support for access. We'll provide a PDF copy for your screen reader.
Preview not available
One of the critical questions in the debate about the concept of party identification is its stability over time, particularly its stability relative to that of voting behavior. This article utilizes data from a new three-wave panel study to assess the properties of party identification in Canada, and to compare levels of partisan stability in Canada with those in Great Britain and the United States. In addition to directional stability, other features of the party identification concept and its applicability to Canada are examined, notably the constituency of identification across levels of the federal system. Analyses indicate that party identification in Canada is subject to considerable fluctuation, and that the U.S. pattern of relatively stable party identification coupled with substantial short-term swings in voting behavior reflect the institutional characteristics of the U.S. electoral system. The article concludes by suggesting that patterns of partisanship in Canada, although distinctive in certain respects, probably have important commonalities with those in many other contemporary liberal democracies.
The American Political Science Review © 1984 American Political Science Association