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Party politicisation and the formative phase of environmental policy-making in multi-level systems: Electoral discourse in UK meso-elections 1998-2011

Chaney, Paul 2014. Party politicisation and the formative phase of environmental policy-making in multi-level systems: Electoral discourse in UK meso-elections 1998-2011. Political Studies 62 (2) , pp. 252-272. 10.1111/1467-9248.12028

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Abstract

Despite sustained public demand for parties to act, the environment has been subject to limited issue salience in UK state-wide elections. This article uses qualitative and quantitative methods to explore party politicisation of the environment in regional elections 1998–2011. Contrary to earlier suggestions, the present findings indicate that multi-level systems may facilitate increasing environmental issue salience at the meso level. In part this is a function of nationalist parties' prioritisation of the environment. Overall, electoral discourse is shown to have a key formative role in driving policy divergence owing to inter-polity and inter/intra-party contrasts in salience and framing. From a normative perspective this suggests that the pluralising effect of (quasi-)federalism has the potential to foster greater responsiveness in party programmes through enhanced choice for the environmental issue public. This is an outcome of the expansion of electoral politics following state decentralisation and associated party competition to advance distinctive proposals over rivals.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe) > JN101 Great Britain
Uncontrolled Keywords: party politicisation; environmental policy; issue salience; manifesto; devolution
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
ISSN: 0032-3217
Date of Acceptance: 13 August 2012
Last Modified: 19 Feb 2019 15:07
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/58353

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