Changes since the last edition: • The previous edition didn't quite fit modules on either comparative politics or voters and elections. The new edition is more closely mapped to modules on the latter. • New chapters on authoritarian elections and regime change, and electoral integrity. • Re-inclusion of a chapter on voting behaviour. • Stronger focus on the economy.

Voting Behavior: Choice and Context

Voting Behavior: Choice and Context

Voting behavior: Choice and context
Lawrence LeDucRichard G. Niemi

Research on voting behavior has become significantly more complex as the number of elections taking place throughout the world has expanded. The primary focus of survey and experimental research on voting in established democracies since the late 1950s has been the decision of individual citizens to participate in an election and how voters choose among parties and candidates.1 The nature of the choices that citizens are given and the context within which those choices are made – sometimes thought of as the “supply side” of elections (Wessels and Schmitt 2008) – has, until recently, received much less attention in modern behavioral research. Yet the context of electoral choice can vary enormously among ...

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