Election Promises, Party Behaviour And Voter Perceptions

Hardcover | August 15, 2011

byElin Naurin

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An exploration of whether politicians are perceived to keep their election promises. While scholars claim that parties act on most of their election promises, citizens hold the opposite view. This 'Pledge Puzzle' guides Naurin in her analysis of the often referred to but not empirically investigated, 'conventional wisdom' about election promises.

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An exploration of whether politicians are perceived to keep their election promises. While scholars claim that parties act on most of their election promises, citizens hold the opposite view. This 'Pledge Puzzle' guides Naurin in her analysis of the often referred to but not empirically investigated, 'conventional wisdom' about electio...

ELIN NAURIN is Research Fellow in the Department of Political Science, University of Gothenburg, Sweden. Her research and teaching revolves around Representative Democratic Theory and Practice. She is affiliated to the Swedish National Election Study Programme and the Multidisciplinary Opinion and Democracy Research Group. She is also...
Format:HardcoverDimensions:224 pages, 8.86 × 5.81 × 0.78 inPublished:August 15, 2011Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:023029085X

ISBN - 13:9780230290853

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Table of Contents

PART I: INTRODUCTION
The Pledge Puzzle
Election Promises in Representative Democratic Theory
PART II: EMPIRICAL INVESTIGATIONS OF PARTIES' FULFILMENT OF ELECTION PROMISES
Definitions of Election Promises in Empirical Research
Do Parties Fulfil their Election Promises?
PART III: CITIZENS' VIEWS ON ELECTION PROMISES
How Widespread is the Image of the Promise-breaking Politician?
Just General Distrust?
Citizens' Definitions of Fulfilled Election Promises
PART IV: CONCLUSIONS
Promising Democracy