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Regional Effects on Party Traits


With a former graduate student, I used discriminant analysis to determine to how much variance in party traits were associated with the region of the world in which they were located, which led to this article:

Kenneth Janda and Robin Gillies, "How Well does 'Region' Explain Political Party Characteristics," Political Geography Quarterly, 2 (July, 1983), 179-203.

The first 20 pages reported scales measuring eleven party traits (accompanied by Cronbach alpha reliabilities) for 147 parties grouped into ten "culture areas" of the world.

The last 5 pages analyzed all eleven traits simultaneously to see how they discriminated among parties when grouped into only three categories: the 1st "world" (western nations), the 2nd world (communist nations), and the 3rd world (non-western and non-communist nations).