Potentially Voting across the Divide in Deeply Divided Places: Ethnic Catch-All Voting in Consociational Northern Ireland

John Garry*

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Abstract

I elaborate a model of cross-bloc party support in deeply divided places. The model expects that the variation in the level of electoral support that citizens in Community A have for parties in Community B is a function of citizens' evaluations of the relative ability of parties in Community B to represent the interests of all communities. This 'ethnic catch-all' model of cross-bloc party support is tested in the context of consociational Northern Ireland, using data from a representative survey conducted directly after the 2010 Westminster general election. The findings are asymmetric: the model explains Protestant support for nationalist parties but not Catholic support for unionist parties. The findings, and their implications, are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2-19
Number of pages18
JournalPolitical Studies
Volume62
Issue numberS1
Early online date27 Jan 2014
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2014

Keywords

  • Consociationalism
  • Deeply divided places
  • Ethnic catch-all
  • Northern Ireland
  • Voting

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science

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