Strategic voting in British elections

R. Michael Alvarez, Frederick J. Boehmke, Jonathan Nagler

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In this paper we examine the extent to which voters engage in strategic behavior. Our contribution is accounting for the context in which voters have the opportunity to behave in a strategic fashion. We also demonstrate that previous measures of strategic voting significantly underestimated the willingness of voters to engage in strategic behavior when presented with the opportunity to do so. We use as cases for our study of strategic voting behavior two recent elections in Britain, the 1987 and 1997 general elections. Our analysis produces estimates of strategic voting in these elections that are substantially greater than reported in previous research.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-19
Number of pages19
JournalElectoral Studies
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 2006


  • British elections
  • Strategic voting
  • Tactical voting

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Political Science and International Relations


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