When marriage gets hard: Intra-coalition conflict and electoral accountability

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Combining individual-level with event-level data across 25 European countries and three sets of European Election Studies, this study examines the effect of conflict between parties in coalition government on electoral accountability and responsibility attribution. We find that conflict increases punishment for poor economic performance precisely because it helps clarify to voters parties' actions and responsibilities while in office. The results indicate that under conditions of conflict, the punishment is equal for all coalition partners when they share responsibility for poor economic performance. When there is no conflict within a government, the effect of poor economic evaluations on vote choice is rather low, with slightly more punishment targeted to the prime minister's party. These findings have important implications for our understanding of electoral accountability and political representation in coalition governments.

Seiten (von - bis)32-59
FachzeitschriftComparative Political Studies
PublikationsstatusVeröffentlicht - 2022

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