A Voter-Centric, Multi-Level Theory of Party Performance: Rethinking Volatile Party Systems (HYBRID)
Thomas Mustillo Associate Professor, Keough School of Global Affairs; Director, Minor in Data Science; Kellogg Institute Faculty Fellow
John Polga-Hecimovich Assistant Professor, Political Science Department, United States Naval Academy
What accounts for vote choices in inchoate party systems? We approach this question with a theory rooted in voters as the unit of analysis, their party choices as the outcome, and their spatial and temporal locations as explanations for their preferences. We examine Ecuador to explore the theory and its implications.