Self-Referencing and Political Candidate Brands: A Congruency Perspective
Paswan, Audhesh K.
Van Steenburg, Eric
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Although political and marketing analysts commonly describe political candidates as brands, the conceptualization of political candidates as brands within academic research and popular culture is uncommon. This paper presents empirical evidence in support of viewing candidates as such. Using data from a nationwide study that measures the self concept of Mexican voters and their perceived images of the presidential candidates in Mexico's 2006 election, the paper demonstrates that voters see themselves and each candidate as a distinct brand. Furthermore, this view of a voter's self-brand influences his or her perception of a political candidate's brand image. The academic and managerial implications of these findings are discussed.
Francisco Guzmán, Audhesh K. Paswan & Eric Van Steenburg (2015) Self-Referencing and Political Candidate Brands: A Congruency Perspective, Journal of Political Marketing, 14:1-2, 175-199, DOI: 10.1080/15377857.2014.990837