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The SAGE Handbook of Political Science presents a major retrospective and prospective overview of the discipline. Comprising three volumes of contributions from expert authors from around the world, the handbook aims to frame, assess and synthesize research in the field, helping to define and identify its current and future developments. It does so from a truly global and cross-area perspective. Chapters cover a broad range of aspects, from providing a general introduction to exploring important subfields within the discipline. Each chapter is designed to provide a state-of-the-art and comprehensive overview of the topic by incorporating cross-cutting global, interdisciplinary, and, where this applies, gender perspectives. The Handbook is arranged over seven core thematic sections: Part 1: Political Theory; Part 2: Methods; Part 3: Political Sociology; Part ...
Chapter 35: Political Behavior
The Origins of Behavioral Research
Compared to other sub-disciplines of political science, political behavior is a new field of research. It was not before the 1920s that scholars presented the first findings on the patterns and determinants of electoral choices. The contours of behavioral analysis became first visible in the path-breaking study The People's Choice (Lazarsfeld et al., 1944), which embedded the analysis of electoral behavior in a broader context of political communication, information processing and attitude formation, and thus – much earlier than other studies – highlighted the dynamics of people's political attitudes and actions.
Although political behavior was broadly investigated in the following decades, behavioralism as a new paradigm in political science was not outlined ...