In researching parties and ideology (consistency, flip-flopping, etc), there are many ways to illuminate empirical evidence. I prefer looking at party member’s votes against whatever I’m researching via Kitchelt. I like it because American elections are about the economy (stupid), and religion takes sides on many issues and fundimentalists are distinct from secularists. I do believe that I will prefer a new strategy to measure party members upon the citizenry in the future. Thus this challenge.
Kitchelt’s et al. party positions in two dimensional space:
- To the north: Secular libertarians,
- To the south: Religious authoritarians,
- To the east: Market liberalism,
- To the west: Social protectionism.
Some scholars may prefer the Downsian continuum and placement of the median voter. Why?
What is your preferred research approach? Please describe? Feel free to experiment!