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Title: Party support in the Dáil elections 1981-1992: an ecological analysis
Author: Sinnott, Richard
Whelan, Brendan J.
McBride, James
Keywords: Voting behaviour
Elections
Political parties
Ireland
Party support
Issue Date: 1996
Publisher: Economic & Social Research Institute
Citation: Sinnott, Richard; Whelan, Brendan J.; McBride, James. 'Party support in the Dail elections 1981-1992: an ecological analysis'. - Economic & Social Review, Vol. 27, No. 4, July, 1996, pp. 365-388. Dublin: Economic & Social Research Institute
Abstract: This paper is a contribution to the aggregate-level or ecological analysis of voting behaviour in Ireland. It updates and re-evaluates previous research by considering the six elections of 1981,1982 (February), 1982 (November), 1987, 1989 and 1992. The approach to deriving measures of the independent variables is based on aggregating the Census figures for District Electoral Divisions. The paper begins by critically examining past research in this area focusing especially on the thesis that "agricultural structure" is the main determinant of the Fianna Fáil vote. It goes on to present new analyses of party support across each of the six elections for four parties (Fianna Fail, Fine Gael, Labour and Democratic Left/the Workers' Party) using a model incorporating class, urban-rural and liberal-conservative cleavages. The final section attempts to draw some general conclusions about the nature of party support in Ireland and how it has changed over time.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2262/64174
ISSN: 00129984
Appears in Collections:Economic and Social Review Archive: Complete Collection 1969-
The Economic and Social Review, Vol. 27, No. 4, July, 1996

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