Citizen Opinion and Constitutional Choices: The Case of the UK

Citizen Opinion and Constitutional Choices: The Case of the UK In recent years, political scientists have begun to pay greater attention to political institutions and questions of institutional change. This article addresses a question that has been relatively ignored in the literature: What shapes mass opinion toward institutional and constitutional change? We develop two broad kinds of explanations of how voters see institutions. One is grounded in a conception of voters as self-interested actors, and the other considers a more ideological and psychological approach. We find empirical evidence consistent with both arguments. Using a broad categorization developed by Tsebelis (1990), we find that part of the answer to how voters see institutions lies in the kinds of institutions voters are being asked about: Different institutions prompt very different responses from different types of voters. Political Behavior Springer Journals

Citizen Opinion and Constitutional Choices: The Case of the UK

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Kluwer Academic Publishers-Plenum Publishers
Copyright © 2000 by Plenum Publishing Corporation
Political Science and International Relations; Political Science; Sociology, general
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