Political Parties and the Transnational Mobilisation of the Emigrant Vote

Ostergaard-Nielsen, Eva; Ciornei, Irina (2019). Political Parties and the Transnational Mobilisation of the Emigrant Vote. West European politics, 42(3), pp. 618-644. Taylor & Francis 10.1080/01402382.2018.1528105

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The relationship between political parties and voters is usually analysed in a national framework. However, the majority of states worldwide allow their emigrant citizens to have an absentee vote. This article analyses how parties confront the challenge of mobilising voters across borders. It presents an analytical framework for comparing the scope of party transnational mobilisation strategies across different electoral systems. Drawing on a contextualised qualitative analysis, the article analyses transnational electoral mobilisation of the emigrant vote in recent elections in Spain, France, Italy and Romania. The analysis shows that a cost–benefit analysis of electoral incentives explains the scope of transnational campaign efforts of many of the political parties. Yet the article also suggests locating the analysis of party strategies in the particular context of the transnational electoral field, including the high dispersion, uncertainty and volatility of the emigrant vote and the overlap between the electoral arenas among emigrants and at home.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

03 Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences > Social Sciences > Institute of Sociology

UniBE Contributor:

Ciornei, Irina

Subjects:

300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology
300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 320 Political science

ISSN:

0140-2382

Publisher:

Taylor & Francis

Language:

English

Submitter:

Irina Ciornei

Date Deposited:

20 May 2019 11:47

Last Modified:

23 Oct 2019 00:50

Publisher DOI:

10.1080/01402382.2018.1528105

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.124121

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/124121

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