Person, Party, and Politics: Analyzing the Meanings of “Left” and “Right” in European Countries
Amidst the rise to power populist parties in Europe, political scientists are reconsidering the traditional meanings of left and right in European politics, with some going as far as to suggest other axes to compensate for, or replace, the left-right schema. This project delves into just what “left” and “right” mean for European voters by analyzing responses from the European Social Survey. By utilizing voters’ self-identification, partisan choices, and political opinions, this project looks to see what ideological divides define each countries’ left and right. With the Theory of Basic Human Values as a foundation, this project created models based on suggested political spectra and scales to look not only at the political choices of voters but also at the underlying values of those choices. The project evaluated the model fits of the spectra in each country, and the spectra’s links with voters’ personal values, political opinions, and party affiliation along the amorphous left-right schema.
Major: Global and International Studies & French
Study Abroad: Tanzania, France