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The Associative Dimension of Issue Ownership

Walgrave, S.
Lefevere, J.
Published in Public Opinion Quarterly. 2012, vol. 76, no. 4, p. 771-782
Abstract Issue ownership is commonly conceptualized as multidimensional, consisting of a “competence” dimension and an “associative” dimension. Because existing operationalizations of issue ownership tap only the former dimension, we focus on associative issue ownership: the spontaneous identification between specific issues and specific parties in the minds of voters. Survey evidence from Belgium shows that the associative dimension of issue ownership can be measured, that it differs from competence issue ownership, and that it is an independent determinant of voting behavior.
Keywords Issue ownership
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WALGRAVE, S., LEFEVERE, J., TRESCH, Anke Daniela. The Associative Dimension of Issue Ownership. In: Public Opinion Quarterly, 2012, vol. 76, n° 4, p. 771-782. doi: 10.1093/poq/nfs023 https://archive-ouverte.unige.ch/unige:21654

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