What is it about?

This research examines what determines how long a party leader will remain in office. By focusing on various political, economic, and international settings, this study finds that voters “benchmark” their expectation of a current party leader’s performance by comparing it against their memory of that leader’s immediate predecessor.

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Why is it important?

Not only does the research show voter behavior in referring back to predecessors, it also demonstrates that predecessors with long-serving party experience and/or other head of government experience are hard acts to follow.

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This page is a summary of: Hard acts to follow, Party Politics, January 2013, SAGE Publications, DOI: 10.1177/1354068812472577.
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