Based on narrative approaches, the authors develop an empirical technique to gauge the match between stories told by political actors and voters and assess its effect on voting behavior. Even with other fundamental attitudinal and demographic factors held constant, they hypothesize that voters should prefer parties that hold and communicate similar national narratives. Using data gathered during the 2009 elections to the Israeli Knesset, the authors gauge voter attitudes about fundamental national narratives in Israel and conduct a systematic analysis of parties' discourse in parliamentary speeches to gauge parties' stories. Controlling for demographics and ideology in a series of logistic regressions, the authors find that voting behavior for most parties is significantly affected by the narrative proximity between voters' stories and parties' stories.
Item Citation: Comparative Political Studies. March 2011, Vol. 44 Issue 3, 313-338Accession Number: edsgcl.262739333; Publication Type: Academic Journal; Source: Comparative Political Studies; Language: English; Publication Date: 20110301; Rights: Copyright 2011 Gale, Cengage Learning. All rights reserved., COPYRIGHT 2011 Sage Publications, Inc.; Imprint: Sage Publications, Inc.