Sceptical partisans: How citizens think about political finance

Nwokora, Zim 2015, Sceptical partisans: How citizens think about political finance, Australian journal of political science, vol. 50, no. 1, pp. 73-92, doi: 10.1080/10361146.2014.989810.

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Title Sceptical partisans: How citizens think about political finance
Author(s) Nwokora, ZimORCID iD for Nwokora, Zim
Journal name Australian journal of political science
Volume number 50
Issue number 1
Start page 73
End page 92
Total pages 22
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Place of publication London, Eng.
Publication date 2015
ISSN 1036-1146
Keyword(s) citizens
political finance
public opinion
cartel parties
Summary This article investigates how citizens form their opinions on political-finance issues. Two distinct mechanisms are elaborated. First, citizens may be ‘faithful followers’, adopting positions that reflect their partisan loyalties. Second, citizens may be ‘sceptical’ and lean against cues from their party leaders. Drawing on a survey of Australian attitudes to political finance, I assess the extent to which predictions from these theories are observed in reality. The evidence suggests that Australians interpret political finance as ‘sceptical partisans’, broadly sceptical of political elites, while retaining partisan loyalties that are triggered when two conditions are satisfied: the issue has obvious partisan implications, but encouragement of partisan impulses does not threaten the competitiveness of elections.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/10361146.2014.989810
Field of Research 160699 Political Science not elsewhere classified
1605 Policy and Administration
1606 Political Science
Socio Economic Objective 970116 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2015, Australian Political Studies Association
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