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Party-System CollapseThe Roots of Crisis in Peru and Venezuela$
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Jason Seawright

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780804782364

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804782364.001.0001

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Ideological Underrepresentation and Voter Defection

Ideological Underrepresentation and Voter Defection

(p.113) Chapter 5 Ideological Underrepresentation and Voter Defection
Party-System Collapse
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This chapter investigates the role of ideological underrepresentation in citizens' ultimate decisions to vote outside of the traditional party system in Peru and Venezuela, arguing that the voters who are most likely to support challengers to the party system are those who feel ideologically underrepresented and concerned about problems of corruption. It also analyzes survey data and suggests that gaps in the pattern of ideological representation provided by the traditional parties, combined a loss of identification with those parties, may explain the decision to defect from the traditional parties and vote for new alternatives.

Keywords:   ideological underrepresentation, traditional party system, Peru, Venezuela, corruption, party identification

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