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The Reputational PremiumA Theory of Party Identification and Policy Reasoning$
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Paul M. Sniderman and Edward H. Stiglitz

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780691154145

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691154145.001.0001

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Lessons from a Sterile Downsian Environment

Lessons from a Sterile Downsian Environment

(p.34) Chapter 3 Lessons from a Sterile Downsian Environment
The Reputational Premium

Paul M. Sniderman

Edward H. Stiglitz

Princeton University Press

This chapter explores a candidate-centered choice, creating an experimental setting biased in favor of candidate-centered spatial reasoning—removing any reference to political parties or their programs. The prediction is that, in spite of the absence of any reference to parties, many party supporters will nonetheless take into account the parties' policy reputations in choosing between candidates. Their doing so, absent a reference to the parties, will be the highest card one could play in support of the hypothesis that the parties' policy reputations influence their choices in the world of real politics, where the parties are among the most prominent features of the political landscape.

Keywords:   spatial reasoning, political parties, policy reputations, political landscape

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