British parties and spatial competition: Dimensions of party evaluation in the 1992 election

  • James W. Endersby
  • Steven E. Galatas


Scholars of British politics traditionally characterize the electorate in terms of partisanship and social class. This paper suggests that ideology and issue preferences also enter into voter perceptions of British political parties and leadership. Using data from the 1992 British Election Study, the paper analyzes the factors that contribute to individual voters’ perceptions of the Conservative and Labour parties. The 1992 election saw the major parties move toward the ideological center of British voters. Perceptions of political parties are found to be multidimensional and issue-oriented. A spatial model incorporating issue preferences and perceptions of party positions proves both empirically and theoretically richer than simple models of partisanship. The analysis of British voters complements earlier applications of the general spatial model in the context of the United States.


Vote Behavior Issue Scale Vote Choice Labour Party Party Affiliation 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • James W. Endersby
    • 1
  • Steven E. Galatas
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Political ScienceUniversity of MissouriColumbiaUSA

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