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Electoral competition, issue salience and public policy for older people: the case of the Westminster and regional UK elections 1945-2011

Chaney, Paul 2013. Electoral competition, issue salience and public policy for older people: the case of the Westminster and regional UK elections 1945-2011. The British Journal of Politics & International Relations 15 (3) , pp. 456-475. 10.1111/j.1467-856X.2011.00488.x

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Abstract

Ageing societies and cohort-based differential turnout present challenges and opportunities in political parties' pursuit of electoral support. This article explores their response with reference to the issue salience of public policy for older people in the manifestos for Westminster and regional elections in the UK, 1945–2011. Qualitative and quantitative analysis of party programmes reveals: (1) a significant increase in issue salience and electoral competition around public policy for older people in the post-war era; (2) a continuing failure to adhere to EC and UN edicts on the need to mainstream older people's equality and welfare across portfolios and policy frames; and (3) the territorialisation of public policy based on inter- and intra-party differences in policy programmes as part of a formative process associated with the political opportunity structures afforded by quasi-federalism.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Subjects: J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe) > JN101 Great Britain
Uncontrolled Keywords: generational politics; older people; electoral competition; issue salience
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
ISSN: 1369-1481
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 06:18
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/58347

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