Marina Costa Lobo & Frederico Ferreira da Silva, “The importance of leaders in Portuguese elections 2002-2015: a longitudinal perspective” (November 3rd, 2016)

Marina Costa Lobo presents. Here’s the first paragraph:

“This article aims to provide definitive evidence of the importance of voters’ evaluations of party leaders on voting behaviour in the context of parliamentary elections in Portugal. Previous studies have explored leader effects in Portuguese elections (Lobo 2006, 2009) but focusing exclusively in one time point. This study provides the first longitudinal assessment of the importance of leaders for voting behaviour in Portugal, gathering election studies covering a period of 13 years in which five elections were held. In this way, it tests one fundamental yet understudied proposition of the personalisation of politics thesis – leader effects not only exist but their importance has been growing over time.”

 

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