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8 - Conclusion

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  28 September 2017

Jane Green
Affiliation:
University of Manchester
Will Jennings
Affiliation:
University of Southampton
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Competence is central to elections and it is therefore central to political elites. The concluding chapter reflects on the theoretical and empirical insights offered in the book through its three ways of thinking about public opinion about competence: as relatively stable issue strengths, or reputations on different policy issues (ownership), as short-term fluctuations in issue ratings (performance), and as the general way in which parties are rated to be competent, or incompetent (generalised competence). The chapter considers how the data demonstrated throughout the book might cause researchers to re-think what they think of as ‘issue ownership’ and what the implications of this might be. It outlines how the findings on ownership, performance and competence contribute to understanding across a range of fields, such as theories of party competition, understanding of elections, costs of ruling, and the responsiveness and accountability of political elites on policy performance. The chapter concludes that party policy reputations, political campaigns and the importance of competence are – to a large extent – the outcomes of events rather than under the control of political parties and governments. This challenges the notions that political power is used to frame and condition the basis of electoral choice; politicians have to respond to the politics of competence as much as they are the drivers of it.
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The Politics of Competence
Parties, Public Opinion and Voters
, pp. 197 - 233
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2017

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  • Conclusion
  • Jane Green, University of Manchester, Will Jennings, University of Southampton
  • Book: The Politics of Competence
  • Online publication: 28 September 2017
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781316662557.008
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  • Conclusion
  • Jane Green, University of Manchester, Will Jennings, University of Southampton
  • Book: The Politics of Competence
  • Online publication: 28 September 2017
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781316662557.008
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  • Conclusion
  • Jane Green, University of Manchester, Will Jennings, University of Southampton
  • Book: The Politics of Competence
  • Online publication: 28 September 2017
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781316662557.008
Available formats
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