Elections and Voters

First edition

by Cees van der Eijk and Mark Franklin

Review questions for Chapter 6

  • What is the role of party identification on the formation of and change in public opinion? Explain the process(es) involved. (p. 147-148)
  • What is meant by the term ‘framing’ of the news? How can it be used to political advantage? Why is it unavoidable, why is it desirable? (p. 149-152)
  • In what different ways can media influence public opinion? Why are these effects generally quite small? (p. 151-152)
  • Why does public opinion about have more structure than do the opinions and preferences of individual citizens? (p. 154-156)
  • What does the placement of issues in an ‘issue space’ tell us about public opinion? From what kind of information are such spaces constructed? (p. 157-158)
  • What is the difference between position issues and valence issues? (p. 166-168)
  • In what ways does party competition on the basis of valence issues differ from competition on the basis of position issues? (p.168)
  • How does smallest distance theory differ from directional theory in helping us to understand why a voter would choose to support a certain political party or not. Apply this to an empirical example (which need not be one used in the book). (p. 168-170)
  • What is the ‘thermostatic model’ of public opinion regarding policy? How does it explain the seeming anomaly that voters do not necessarily reward government parties for implementing desired policies? (p. 172-174)
  • How does the political mood of public opinion in the US seem to react in the changes in party control of the presidency? (p. 175-176)
  • Which factors are responsible for ‘the swing of the pendulum’ in political affairs? (p. 176-177)