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Issue Salience, Issue Ownership and Issue-based Vote Choice: Evidence from Canada

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According to the issue ownership theory of voting, voters identify the political party that they feel is the most competent, or the most credible, proponent of a particular issue and cast their ballots for the party that owns that particular issue. Yet, the actual micro-level mechanism of such behavior has seldom been examined in the literature. We assess this question and, in the process, offer a correction to the original model of issue ownership. We argue that while party ownership of an issue is important to individual vote choice, its effect is mediated by the perceived salience of the issue in question. In other words, issue ownership should only affect the voting decision of those individuals who think that the issue is important. The conditional effect of issue salience on ownership-based voting is demonstrated through analyses of the individual-level determinants of vote choice in the 1997 Canadian federal election. The results strongly suggest that salience should be more explicitly integrated into the formulation of the theory and in its empirical testing because it constitutes a key element in the micro-level mechanism of issue ownership voting.

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Bélanger, Éric. and Meguid, Bonnie. "Issue Salience, Issue Ownership and Issue-based Vote Choice: Evidence from Canada" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Political Science Association, Hilton Chicago and the Palmer House Hilton, Chicago, IL, Sep 02, 2004 <Not Available>. 2009-05-26 <http://www.allacademic.com/meta/p60752_index.html>

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Bélanger, É. and Meguid, B. M. , 2004-09-02 "Issue Salience, Issue Ownership and Issue-based Vote Choice: Evidence from Canada" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Political Science Association, Hilton Chicago and the Palmer House Hilton, Chicago, IL Online <.PDF>. 2009-05-26 from http://www.allacademic.com/meta/p60752_index.html

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Abstract: According to the issue ownership theory of voting, voters identify the political party that they feel is the most competent, or the most credible, proponent of a particular issue and cast their ballots for the party that owns that particular issue. Yet, the actual micro-level mechanism of such behavior has seldom been examined in the literature. We assess this question and, in the process, offer a correction to the original model of issue ownership. We argue that while party ownership of an issue is important to individual vote choice, its effect is mediated by the perceived salience of the issue in question. In other words, issue ownership should only affect the voting decision of those individuals who think that the issue is important. The conditional effect of issue salience on ownership-based voting is demonstrated through analyses of the individual-level determinants of vote choice in the 1997 Canadian federal election. The results strongly suggest that salience should be more explicitly integrated into the formulation of the theory and in its empirical testing because it constitutes a key element in the micro-level mechanism of issue ownership voting.

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Issue Salience Issue Ownership and Issue-Based Vote Choice: Evidence from Canada Éric Bélanger Department of Political Science University of Twente Postbus 217 7500 AE Enschede The Netherlands eric.belanger@umontreal.ca Bonnie M. Meguid Department of Political Science University of Rochester Rochester NY 14627 USA bonnie.meguid@rochester.edu Paper prepared for delivery at the annual meeting of the American Political Science Association Chicago September 2-5 2004 Issue Salience Issue Ownership and Issue-Based Vote Choice: Evidence from Canada ABSTRACT According to the issue ownership theory
Coded 1 if respondent is Catholic 0 otherwise (cpsm10). Region: A set of dummy variables are created to represent the four major regional divisions in Canada (from the original variable province). Atlantic includes the provinces of Newfoundland Prince Edward Island Nova Scotia and New Brunswick. Quebec stands for the province of Quebec and West includes Manitoba Saskatchewan Alberta British Columbia the Northwest Territories and the Yukon Territory. The reserve category is Ontario. Party Identification: One dummy variable has been


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