Partisan Differences in Spending Preferences after theNew Democrat and New Labour Transformations of Party Images
David Lowery*, Marsha de Jong, Carola J A van Eijk and Sandra Taal
Institute of Public Administration, Pieter de la Court building, AK Leiden, The Netherlands
- *Corresponding Author:
- David Lowery
Institute of Public Administration
Pieter de la Court building
AK Leiden, Netherlands
E-mail: [email protected]
Received Date: January 18, 2013; Accepted Date: April 19, 2013; Published Date: May 04, 2013
Citation: Lowery D, de Jong M, van Eijk CJA, Taal S (2013) Partisan Differences in Spending Preferences after theNew Democrat and New Labour Transformations of Party Images. J Pol Sci Pub Aff 1:102. doi: 10.4172/2332-0761.1000102
Copyright: © 2013 Lowery D, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
In this paper we wonder whether the efforts of the New Democrats and New Labour to alter their parties’ images with respect to public spending mute the differences (or lack thereof) in their supporters’ preferences for public spending between their respective major parties as observed by Lewis  in the UK case and Lowery and Sigelman  in the US case. We address this question by constructing matching UK and US data on aggregate public opinion on public spending at four points since 1980, treating the Clinton New Democrat and the Blair New Labour transformations as interventions that might be expected to alter the preferences of partisans for public spending. We find support for the thermostatic model of preferences for spending [3,4] a result that raises questions about the power of party elites to shape the preferences of their supporters in the battle over the size of government.