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The role of partisan cues on voters’ mobilization in a referendum


NEMČOK Miroslav SPÁČ Peter VODA Petr

Year of publication 2019
Type Article in Periodical
Magazine / Source Contemporary politics
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Social Studies

Keywords referendum; mobilization; party cues; clarity; Slovakia
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Description Even though partisan cues are widely recognized as a primary force shaping voter behaviour in a referendum, their effect on a decision whether to attend or abstain from voting has not yet been carefully studied. Our analysis of the pre-referendum survey data gathered before the 2015 citizen-initiated referendum in Slovakia leads to two important conclusions: First, parties’ recommendations whether to attend or abstain from voting influence voters’ behaviour in a similar fashion as their suggestions for which side to vote for. Moreover, in certain institutional settings, the partisan cues related to mobilization have an even stronger impact on voters than endorsements for who or what to vote for. Second, the provided party recommendations must be unambiguous and clear. Lower clarity cues are reflected in voters’ behaviour to a lesser extent.
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