English title: Blank and Not Blue: Outsiders at the Ballot Box

Author(s): Allison E. Rovny - Jan Rovny -

Language: English

Type: Conference paper/poster

Year: 2013

Abstract

Recently, developed economies witnessed an emerging dualism between so-called labor market "insiders and outsiders" -- two groups facing divergent levels of employment security and prospects. Those on the "inside" occupy stable jobs, while those on the "outside" confront increased levels of social and economic risks. Consequently, there seems to be a significant structural insider-outsider divide in European societies. This paper addresses whether and how this structural division informs behavior at the ballot box. We argue that the socio-economic insider-outsider divide does not translate into a political cleavage. Rather, traditional socio-economic factors, such as gender, age, education and income, structure voter decision-making. We test our expectations using multinomial logit models estimating vote choice on the complete five waves of the European Social Survey.

Conference name: Council for European Studies Annual Meeting

Location: Amsterdam

Start date: Jun 25, 2013

Type: Paper