This article investigates the relationship between changes in Italiansâ policy preferences and partiesâ and governmentsâ responsiveness. It analyses whether there is a congruence between citizensâ policy preferences, on one side, and partiesâ and governmentsâ ideological positions on the other. The study represents the first attempt to estimate the Italian âpolicy moodâ adopting a methodology already used for other political systems. We infer public preferences from more than 200 survey questions, administered more than 550 times between 1981 and 2015, which ask respondents to âtake a sideâ on several controversial domestic policy issues. Empirical results sustain the idea that public opinion acts as a thermostat to balance governmentsâ policy goals; and, at the same time, they provide somewhat stronger evidence for the argument that governments adapt their preferences to changes in public opinion. Finally, it is shown that there is a relationship between citizensâ preferences and their voting choices.
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|Titolo:||Citizensâ policy mood, policies and election outcomes in Italy|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Articolo in rivista|
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