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Open Access Sociale integratie en het kijken naar nieuwsprogramma’s als determinanten voor het wisselen van politieke partijkeuze in de periode 1994-2006

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This study examines determinants of vote switching behaviour in the Netherlands in the period 1994-2006. Hypotheses about the influence of social integration and television watching behaviour are tested. By using the Dutch Parliamentary Electoral Studies, we examine whether these factors have an influence on the chance to switch party between two consecutive national parliamentary elections. We find support for some of the hypotheses derived from social integration theory. People living in more urbanized areas and people who have another religious affiliation than their parents switch more often, while it does not matter whether a person differs from his/her parents with respect to occupational class. Our hypothesis about the influence of television watching behaviour is supported: people who watch newscasts more often have a higher chance of switching.
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Publication date: June 1, 2012

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