Russell J Dalton, professor of political science at the University of California, Irvine, writes, “I used a statistical method (PCA) with a survey of Candidates for the European Parliament (CEPs) to measure party elite positions along an economic issue dimension and a cultural issue dimension. Economic issues dealt with the role of government and the representation of class interests. Cultural issues included abortion rights, nuclear power, terrorism and military defence.”

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