Introduction : issue ownership
Faculty of Social Sciences. Political Sciences
West European politics. - London, 1978, currens
, p. 755-760
University of Antwerp
Although issue ownership theory - the idea that voters consider specific parties to be better able to deal with some issues - had already emerged in the 1980s, it is only in the past 10 years that the theory has gained prominence in the study of voter and party behaviour. Despite the steep increase in scholarly attention, there is still no consensus regarding the impact of issue ownership on parties and voters. This special issue makes two key contributions: firstly, it provides state of the art contemporary issue ownership research, by focusing on the historical roots as well on recent conceptual, theoretical and methodological developments in the field. Secondly, by focusing on new aspects and effects of issue ownership, the special issue offers a look forward and outlines a research agenda for future work on issue ownership.