Left-right ideology: Its meaning and effects on party preferences in Serbia

Todosijević, Bojan (2016) Left-right ideology: Its meaning and effects on party preferences in Serbia. Sociološki pregled, 50 (2). pp. 161-178. ISSN 0085-6320 ; 2560-4880

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Left-right ideology is regarded as an expression of socio-economic divisions. More recently, it has expanded to incorporate orientations such as nationalism or postmaterialism, and relaxed its association with social structure. Furthermore, the meaning of the political left and right varies across political contexts. As a result it is questionable to what extent left-right labels can successfully function as heuristic devices for political orientation. In order to understand the meaning of the left-right ideological dimension in a specific context it is necessary to examine the ways public responds to these labels, its socio-economic correlates, and its associations with party preferences. These tasks are undertaken in this paper, focusing on Serbia. The paper examines the readiness of Serbian respondents to identify with the leftright ideological labels, and develops a multivariate model of party preferences using socioeconomic variables and left-right scale and predictors. The study is based on data from the 2012 Serbian election study, a public opinion survey of 1568 voting age citizens of Serbia. Results indicate that about two thirds of respondents are willing to express their left-right ideological positions. This ideological dimension, however, has weak socio-economic roots, and is weakly, though significantly, associated with party preferences.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: ideology, left-right, political preference, Serbia
Institutional centre: Centre for political research and public opinion
Depositing User: Vesna Jovanović
Date Deposited: 04 Oct 2019 11:50
Last Modified: 04 Oct 2019 11:50
URI: http://iriss.idn.org.rs/id/eprint/242

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