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The 2015 Catalan Election: The Independence Bid at the Polls

The 2015 Catalan Election: The Independence Bid at the Polls AbstractThis paper examines the context, campaign and main determinants of how Catalans voted in the 2015 regional election. The elections were exceptional because the incumbent and the remaining Catalan nationalist parties framed the contest as a de facto referendum on secession. In this paper we scrutinise whether attitudes towards independence affected vote choice and whether they eclipsed other traditional significant vote-driving factors such as the state of the economy or government performance. Results show that, although the independence issue became a major determinant of vote choice, the elections did not become a pure plebiscite on secession, since voters also used their vote to hold the regional government accountable for its past performance. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png South European Society & Politics Taylor & Francis

The 2015 Catalan Election: The Independence Bid at the Polls

South European Society & Politics , Volume 21 (3): 23 – Jul 2, 2016

The 2015 Catalan Election: The Independence Bid at the Polls

South European Society & Politics , Volume 21 (3): 23 – Jul 2, 2016

Abstract

AbstractThis paper examines the context, campaign and main determinants of how Catalans voted in the 2015 regional election. The elections were exceptional because the incumbent and the remaining Catalan nationalist parties framed the contest as a de facto referendum on secession. In this paper we scrutinise whether attitudes towards independence affected vote choice and whether they eclipsed other traditional significant vote-driving factors such as the state of the economy or government performance. Results show that, although the independence issue became a major determinant of vote choice, the elections did not become a pure plebiscite on secession, since voters also used their vote to hold the regional government accountable for its past performance.

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Taylor & Francis
Copyright
© 2016 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group
ISSN
1743-9612
eISSN
1360-8746
DOI
10.1080/13608746.2016.1191182
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Abstract

AbstractThis paper examines the context, campaign and main determinants of how Catalans voted in the 2015 regional election. The elections were exceptional because the incumbent and the remaining Catalan nationalist parties framed the contest as a de facto referendum on secession. In this paper we scrutinise whether attitudes towards independence affected vote choice and whether they eclipsed other traditional significant vote-driving factors such as the state of the economy or government performance. Results show that, although the independence issue became a major determinant of vote choice, the elections did not become a pure plebiscite on secession, since voters also used their vote to hold the regional government accountable for its past performance.

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South European Society & PoliticsTaylor & Francis

Published: Jul 2, 2016

Keywords: Catalan referendum; Catalan independence; nationalism; regional parties; secessionism

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