Bartle, J and Dellepiane Avellaneda, Sebastian and Stimson, J (2011) The moving centre : preferences for government activity in Britain, 1950-2005. British Journal of Political Science, 41 (2). pp. 259-285. ISSN 0007-1234Full text not available in this repository. (Request a copy from the Strathclyde author)
The political ‘centre’ is often discussed in debates about public policy and analyses of party strategies and election outcomes. Yet, to date, there has been little effort to estimate the political centre outside the United States. This article outlines a method of estimating the political centre using public opinion data collected for the period between 1950 and 2005. It is demonstrated that it is possible to measure the centre in Britain, that it moves over time, that it shifts in response to government activity and, furthermore, that it has an observable association with general election outcomes.
|Keywords:||public policy, government, British government, public opinion, Political theory, Sociology and Political Science|
|Subjects:||Political Science > Political theory|
|Department:||Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (HaSS) > School of Government and Public Policy > Politics|
|Depositing user:||Pure Administrator|
|Date Deposited:||19 Apr 2012 13:23|
|Last modified:||05 May 2016 00:23|