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    Parties now talk about the EU in national election campaigns, but they still tend to talk past each other

Parties now talk about the EU in national election campaigns, but they still tend to talk past each other

How important is the issue of European integration to national election campaigns? Roman Senninger and Markus Wagner write that while the EU previously played only a very small role in national elections, the onset of the Eurozone crisis has resulted in the issue becoming more prominent in campaigns in several countries. However, using an analysis of party press releases […]

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    How do emotions shape the choices of voters? Evidence from the 2010 UK general election

How do emotions shape the choices of voters? Evidence from the 2010 UK general election

How do emotional responses influence the choices of voters? Markus Wagner writes on the role of emotions in political decision-making. Using evidence from the 2010 UK general election, he shows that fear and anger, particularly in relation to the financial crisis, had a clear impact on voter choice.

There are three key insights from the literature on emotional responses and […]

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The Austrian experience shows that there is little risk and much to gain from giving 16-year-olds the vote

The British politician Sadiq Khan recently called for the voting age to be lowered from 18 to 16 in the UK. Markus Wagner and Eva Zeglovits examine arguments for and against, arguing that it is a reform that carries few dangers and can motivate schools to reach out to and motivate young people. On 24 January, Labour’s shadow justice secretary […]

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Parties’ views on decentralisation are determined by their economic and cultural positions

Decentralisation has been one of the principal forces driving constitutional change in European democracies over the past few decades. Using data covering 284 parties in 31 separate countries, Simon Toubeau and Markus Wagner assess the link between policies on decentralisation, and parties’ ideology on economic and cultural matters. They illustrate that parties form their stance on decentralisation with close reference […]

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