The Forgotten Side of Partisanship: Negative Party Identification in Four Anglo-American Democracies
Series/Report no.Comparative Political Studies;Vol. 47 No 7
Early studies of electoral behavior proposed that party identification could be negative as well as positive. Over time, though, the concept became mostly understood as a positive construct. The few studies that took negative identification into account tended to portray it as a marginal factor that went “hand-in-hand” with positive preferences. Recent scholarship in psychology reaffirms, however, that negative evaluations are not simply the bipolar opposite of positive ones. This article considers negative party identification from this standpoint, and evaluates its impact in recent national elections in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the United States. Our findings highlight the autonomous power of negative partisanship. They indicate as well that ideology has an influence on both positive and negative partisan identification.
Medeiros, Mike et Alain Noël. « The Forgotten Side of Partisanship: Negative Party Identification in Four Anglo-American Democracies ». Comparative Political Studies, 47:7 (Juin 2014) : 1022-1046