The nationalization of electoral change in the Americas

Eduardo Alemán, Marisa Kellam

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This paper examines the nationalization of electoral change in multiparty settings. We present a method to measure the relative magnitude of national and sub-national shifts in electoral support across parties and elections that is appropriate for the compositional structure of multiparty electoral data. We apply this new method to the analysis of legislative elections in six Latin American countries and the United States. Our findings indicate the widespread influence of local (i.e., state-specific) factors in electoral change, but highlight the drastic impact that intermittent nationalized shifts have on partisan support.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)193-212
Number of pages20
JournalElectoral Studies
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2008 Jun 1
Externally publishedYes


  • Elections
  • Latin America
  • Multiparty
  • Nationalization

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Political Science and International Relations

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