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Institutional Determinants of Party Policy Change in Advanced Democracies: A Preliminary Test of Party Behavioral Theory

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Authors
Han, Byungjin
Issue Date
2007-06
Publisher
Institute of International Affairs, Graduate School of International Studies, Seoul National University
Citation
Journal of International and Area Studies, Vol.14 No.1, pp. 95-109
Keywords
party behaviorvote conversioncoalition/minority governmentpost-electoral uncertainty in policy making
Abstract
This article examines the institutional determinants of party policy change in advanced democracies. Party behavior is understood in terms of vote-seeking, office-seeking, and policy-seeking. Party behavioral theory proposes diverse institutional factors that determine what the party seeks under certain circumstances. This article evaluates empirical validity of the theoretical arguments by examining the factors affecting party policy change dependent on the Comparative Manifestos Project data set. This study confirms that the frequent formation of minority or coalition government, legislative structure, and party discipline affect party policy change because these institutions affect the degree of uncertainty in the conversion of votes into policy and office benefits.
ISSN
1226-8550
Language
English
URI
http://hdl.handle.net/10371/96451
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Graduate School of International Studies (국제대학원)Dept. of International Studies (국제학과)Journal of International and Area StudiesJournal of International and Area Studies vol.14 (2007)
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