Party over Pocketbook? How Party Cues Influence Opinion When Citizens Have a Stake in Policy

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Do political parties influence opinion when citizens have a personal stake in policy? With an experimental design that exploits a naturally occurring, sharp variation in party cues, we study the effects of party cues during a collective bargaining conflict over the salary and work rights for public employees in Denmark. Even in this context--where the self-interest of public employees was strongly mobilized and where their party went against it--we find that party cues move opinion among partisans at least as much as in previous studies. But party cues do not lead citizens to go against their self-interest. Rather, we show that party cues temper the pursuit of self-interest among public employees by moderating the most extreme policy demands. These findings highlight an unappreciated potential of political parties to moderate--not fuel--extreme opinion.
TidsskriftAmerican Political Science Review
Sider (fra-til)1090 - 1096
Antal sider7
StatusUdgivet - aug. 2021