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Dog whistles and democratic mandates

Goodin, Robert E. and Saward, Michael (2005). Dog whistles and democratic mandates. Political Quarterly, 76(4) p. 471.

DOI (Digital Object Identifier) Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-923X.2005.00708.x
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Abstract

Manipulative mixed messages from candidates to voters affect what governments are entitled to do in office. A party that wins an election gains a 'mandate to rule'. But there is a second type of mandate: a 'policy mandate' to enact specific policy proposals central to the winning party's campaign. Mixed-message politics in general can undermine policy mandates, and the use of 'dog whistle politics' - telling one group of voters one thing, while allowing or encouraging another group to believe another - makes the inferring of policy mandates especially problematic. Referendums provide only a partial remedy to dog whistle politics. Winning a clear policy mandate means forgoing dog whistle politics, despite the short term electoral advantage they may deliver.

Item Type: Journal Article
ISSN: 0032-3179
Keywords: democracy;voting; elections; mandates; campaigns; referendums
Academic Unit/Department: Social Sciences > Politics and International Studies
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Centre for Citizenship, Identities and Governance (CCIG)
Item ID: 4337
Depositing User: Users 13 not found.
Date Deposited: 06 Jul 2006
Last Modified: 02 Dec 2010 19:51
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/4337
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