Allocating Campaign Effort in Spain: Evidence from Four General Elections



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García Viñuela, Enrique and Jurado, Ignacio and Riera, Pedro (2016) Allocating Campaign Effort in Spain: Evidence from Four General Elections. South European Society and Politics, 21 (2). pp. 243-262. ISSN 1743-9612

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This paper analyses which districts are targeted by Spanish political parties in their electoral campaigns. We find that the major Spanish parties - PP and PSOE - mobilise districts where they are more likely to win a new seat or are in danger of losing one they already hold. The predicted closeness of the district race is more relevant in the smallest districts. We also find that Spanish parties mobilise their strongholds. We suggest that, apart from the pure office-seeking strategies, political finance motivations might also play a role in the mobilisation choices made by Spanish party elites.

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We would like to thank the two reviewers of this article, Joaquín Artés, Alfonso Echazarra, Sandra León y Rubén Ruiz-Rufino for their extremely detailed and useful comments. We would also like to acknowledge the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness for its financial support through the project ‘Comportamiento electoral y políticas públicas’ [Reference: CSO2013-40870-R].

Uncontrolled Keywords:Election campaigns; Proportional representation systems; Swing and core districts; PP; PSOE.
Subjects:Social sciences > Political science > Elections
Social sciences > Political science > Political parties
ID Code:56843
Deposited On:29 Aug 2019 11:55
Last Modified:28 Oct 2019 13:36

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