Political Behavior

, Volume 6, Issue 4, pp 321–332 | Cite as

Economic concerns in Italian electoral behavior: Toward a rational electorate?

  • Paolo Bellucci


The current paradigm in the study of Italian electoral behavior finds in the ideological attachment and identification with political parties the basic determinants of voting. The relationship between economic conditions and electoral outcomes has not been the object of intense study, since it was assumed that the very predominance of the ideological dimension made any consideration of economic concerns among the electorate irrelevant. Recent research, employing both aggregate and survey data, shows, however, that economic conditions seem to exert an impact on electoral outcomes. Moreover, the emergence of a more rational and secular electorate might further increase the importance of economic voting.


Survey Data Economic Condition Political Party Electoral Behavior Electoral Outcome 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Paolo Bellucci
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.European University InstituteFlorenceItaly
  2. 2.Centro Studi Investimenti SocialiRomeItaly

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