Title
Has Europe got anything to do with the European elections? A study on split-ticket voting in the Belgian regional and European elections of 2009 Has Europe got anything to do with the European elections? A study on split-ticket voting in the Belgian regional and European elections of 2009
Author
Faculty/Department
Faculty of Social Sciences. Political Sciences
Publication type
article
Publication
London ,
Subject
Politics
Source (journal)
European Union politics. - London, 2000, currens
Volume/pages
13(2012) :1 , p. 3-25
ISSN
1465-1165
1741-2757
ISI
000299270400001
Carrier
E
Target language
English (eng)
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Affiliation
University of Antwerp
Abstract
This study explains why people voted differently in the 2009 regional and European elections in Belgium. By comparing loyal voters and voters who split their ticket, the article shows that a part of the electorate is driven by Euro-specific motivations. The proportion of people who truly vote 'European' depends on the political context, and more precisely on what parties offer the voters in terms of candidates and issues. However, the European dimension is not the only mechanism that underlies voters' electoral choices at the European level. In particular, uncertain voters, who lack a clear preference for one party at the national level, are likely to split their ticket between the regional and European elections.
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