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This accessible textbook provides a comprehensive introduction and guide to theories of voting and electoral behaviour. By carefully presenting and explaining the major technical and methodological advances made in voting studies, the text serves to provide a complete review of the different approaches and techniques that have characterized this area of study from its origins to the present day. The book includes separate chapters on abstention and electoral competition, and employs a range of empirical examples from a number of countries. It concludes by looking at how voting studies might evolve in the future.

Social Structural Theories of Voting
Social structural theories of voting
Introduction

‘A cross on the ballot is an implicit statement of social identity.’ (Harrop and Miller, 1987: 173). If there is one view which characterises early voting studies, and continues to motivate much contemporary psephological research, this quote encapsulates it. As we discussed in Chapter 1, voting is certainly a unique activity in terms of the role it gives all enfranchised individuals in the political process, but at the same time it is also a remarkably ordinary activity in terms of ...

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